I have been quiet the last week because I have been hurting.
Today I went to the orthopedist and it looks like I am dealing with either some posterior tibial tendonitis, or a navicular stress fracture.
I have an MRI tomorrow and then we should know for sure.
My feet both starting hurting about half way through the Houston Marathon, with the left one hurting more than the right. After the race it hurt to walk (which I have never had happen before). I took a few days off and then I just ran short and slow. On those days my feet were sore for the first half mile or so and then loosened up and felt fine. The right foot got to the point that I wasn't feeling it all, but the left foot didn't.
Then last Friday I went to run and the left foot hurt. More than it had before. It didn't loosen up and I knew it was stupid to push it so I stopped after less than half a mile and took a rest day. On Saturday (two weeks after Houston) I was able to run 12 miles and after the first mile or so the foot felt decent. Then on Sunday it hurt again so I took another rest day. Monday I ran 8 miles and felt good, Tuesday it hurt A LOT and felt different than the previous days, so I stopped right away and I started to worry that something significant was wrong. Yesterday and today I didn't even try to run, I have just rested.
It is misery to try and hop on it, but walking doesn't bother it much.
I got into the new sports orthopedic doc here this morning and he was wonderful. SO MUCH BETTER than the jerk I saw in the summer (who basically told me that runners were dumb and I should stop running if running made my feet hurt). The new doc literally said, "I can see that you run a lot and that it is really important to you so we are going to get you back to running healthy and strong."
I told him that from the way it was acting I was worried it was a navicular stress fracture and he agreed with where and how it was hurting that it could be. It also looked like maybe some posterior tibial tendonitis. The x-rays looked normal, but a navicular stress fracture often doesn't show up on an x-ray. I went in there ready to fight for a CT scan or MRI if the x-ray was normal, but right away he said we should do an MRI and I didn't even have to ask. He said it should show us for sure what is going on.
We talked a little about physical therapy, etc. but right now are just waiting to get a solid diagnosis and then make a plan.
It is looking like racing in Boston in 10 1/2 weeks is highly unlikely. I haven't made any decisions but I am trying to be realistic and smart. Plane tickets are already bought, I have a trip planned with friends and family, and I have been so excited to be a part of the Boston Marathon this year. Depending on how things go with my foot, (if it is some tendonitis that two weeks off will help) I may just go and run it easy with my friend, or may just go and cheer on my friends, although it's tough to justify being away from Josh and the kids during Easter if I am not racing in Boston and I won't do anything that would set me back. I will have to make some decisions in the next week or two, although right now it seems like my body is telling me I need a break.
Mentally I am trying not to be too down and discouraged. I KNOW that I will get past this and that the break might even do me good in the big picture and that I will be back to training and racing and doing what I love in a relatively short period of time. I do know all of that.
But it still sucks. A lot.