19 October 2009

Frustrated and Worried

About a week and a half ago my foot started bothering me. Just a slight pain on the arch, near the ankle. Recently it has been worse.

I was resting it for a little while, and decided to try an easy run on Friday. It lasted about 20 minutes before the pain in my foot became constant and I began to feel tightness in my shin. It was not unbearable pain, but it was not the good kind of pain. I knew I needed to stop.

I have not run since, and plan on resting and icing for a while right now. But I missed my long run yesterday. It should have been 3 hours and 30 minutes. No way I could have done that.

I probably will not run all week. This weekend I am scheduled for a 4 hour run. I was also planning to run a 5k this weekend. The first race I ever ran and a nice way to revisit the beginnings of my running. I am not sure I will be able to do it.

With the Philadelphia Marathon only 5 weeks away, I am getting worried that I will not be properly prepared to run for twenty six miles.

If my foot heals properly over a couple weeks, I can probably adjust my schedule to get some more long runs in and shorten my taper a little. It still will not make me as prepared as I planned, but perhaps it will prevent me from totally bonking on the run.

This is frustrating and getting me a little worried about race day.


Pat said...

I had a similar issue with my ankle. Rest was the key. For me, it was early in my marathon training. You'll need to keep weight off it, but keep your endurance up. Replace your running with time on the exercise bike. If that doesn't hurt your ankle.

I got to the point where I had a plan to run just 15 or 19 miles of my marathon if that's all my training would allow. Using it as a training run for a future marathon.

I ended up completeing the whole Twin Cities and I plan to run my back up marathon too.

Good luck and take care of the ankle.

Progman2000 said...

ice - ibuprofen - ice - ibuprofen -ice - ibuprofen - ice - ibuprofen. At the philly marathon expo last year I got to ask Bill Rodgers if he ever had achilles issues and he said "Yep, gotta ice it, relentlessly, attack it and it will relent". I have a bucket I fill with ice and plunge my feet in periodically when I feel that crap coming on. Don't despair, you are too close, you will make it.

billdowis said...

Thanks guys. That is exactly what I have been doing, and I hope to get some more good runs in before the marathon.

lindsay said...

bummer! hope the resting and cross-training is working/helping!! keep reminding yourself that you'd rather show up and run slow than not show up at all. hope your foot/ankle starts feeling better asap.