Tuesday, 27 March 2012

A Month of No Running

March was meant to be my high mileage month in the build up to The Comrades Marathon. Since hurting my foot while running The Vaal marathon on March 3, I haven't run a meter!

I have seen a 2 physio therapists, one who does acupuncture too. I have been told it was a stress fracture in the meta-tarsals but this could only be confirmed with a scan that'll cost R6000 and all it will confirm is that I can't run for 6 weeks. I have been told it was torn ligaments in the bottom of my foot and would be okay in about 10 days. I have worn a moon boot to help me walk and prevent doing further damage while I am limping. I have obviously rested,I have iced, I even took anti-inflammatory meds for a while. I have had in excess of 30 needles sticking out my foot and most recently my shins and endured lots of pricking pain. (your feet are full of nerve endings and meridians, hence reflexology focuses on the feet)

All this and I still don't know what or why and at the end of it all, it doesn't really matter. I haven't been able to run and there are only 68 days before the big race!

Initially I thought that I would be okay with about 3 weeks off and recovering. I would just have to change my training program and time goal. I figured I could make Comrades my long run as if it was part of my 60 days of training. Now, I am not so sure. The added curve ball is that this year is the first year that Comrades has offered race substitutions for the first time. I could offer my place to another runner and those substitutions close on March 31st. I would have to decide soon. And, I have been raising money for Pinkdrive as part of my Comrades Run. Many people have donated and I am almost at my goal of R5000 and now if I don't run I feel "dishonest". I know the money is still being used for the fantastic cause of prescreening for breast cancer but the people who donated where doing so to support me on my run. I don't know how to explain it clearly but I feel bad about that too.

In the meantime, my husband has run 2 half marathons that I entered him into and he continues to wake up early and go running. My race entries have been wasted! I have managed to do my Pilates classes, 2 aqua aerobics classes and even fitted in a yoga class with my oldest daughter. I also did a weekend training course in Total Immersion swimming. So, all is not lost with my core strength and fitness.

The question now is "What to do about Comrades?"



Anonymous said...

I saw Ian and sent my regards at ODD half. Have you tried to see Dr Patricios - in my opinion he is the only person to see for anything running related in Jozie. He will also not send you for the R6000 scan unnecessarily. Good luck and I feel for you!

Johann said...

I feel your pain and frustration Staci. This is the worst time for you to have this problem. I decided to skip Comrades this year. With getting married in January and all the other priorities in my life I am just not putting in the effort I should. I am focusing on a few shorter races and then lots of trail and mountains later in the year. All the best with sorting out your foot. I can't even remember when the last time was I saw you...very sad :((

alidaonline said...

I so feel your pain. I had the exact same random injury in my foot - it could be a stress fracture and it could be ligaments and it could be something else completely. At the end of the day I still don't know what it was but I walked around in a moonboot for four weeks.

I hope everything heals up soonest and you get to the start line at the Comrades.

Karien said...

How frustrating! Never an easy decision to make. I always try to keep my longer term goals (enjoy running 'till I'm 90!) in the back of my head - however disappointing or frustrating it may be in the short run.

Paul said...

Sorry to hear your foot needs a bunch of healing. I would agree with Karien..take care of it and let it take care of you. Hopefully, it will get better ASAP.

Glad you are avidly cross training to stay fit (and sane no doubt ;)

Char said...

If only they had an answer for you. The worst thing is not knowing.

Anonymous said...

Have u tried the lyno method? Ryan sandes uses it! Ive had great results. Lynosport.co.za

Staci said...

Thanks for the good vibes ... Will try lynosport, don't like Dr Patricios.