To back track a bit, my left foot started to hurt Sunday night after my 24 mile long run. It ached, but I experienced no sharp pains. I attributed this to the fact I had just ran 24 miles and thought nothing of it. On Monday my foot still ached, but again nothing serious. Same thing Tuesday morning. However, Tuesday night on my run I started to experience a sharper pain. So sharp that it hurt. BAD. I finished my run and went straight home and started icing it, hoping with some good rest I would be better in the morning. WRONG.
I got to work at 7:30, by this time I was almost hyperventilating I was so freaked out. For those of you who don't know I work in physician recruitment and my office is in a hospital. How convenient! I worked for an hour and my foot still hurt. My co-worker came into my office and asked how I was feeling. Almost in tears I explained how my foot really hurt. She suggested that I email my physician. Within minutes I had this super long email composed to him describing my pain- of course I marked it as "high priority". Hello, I have a marathon in 24 days!
Five minutes later after no response (it's not like he could be busy or anything, right?!) I went and checked the clinic schedule. He was marked as off- ALL WEEK! He was on vacation! Okay, I guess that physicians deserve a vacation too, but still.........
By this time I have already been obsessing over Web MD and have every bad thought imaginable running through my already emotional and train wrecked mind. I texted my coach and told him I thought I had a stress fracture. His response, "oh, boy". I texted him back and telling him that I was freaking out and described my pain and when it started, how I had ignored it, etc.
I couldn't stand it any longer and packed up my bag and drove myself to urgent care. While I am sitting in the waiting room my coach called. I described the pain again and when I first started experiencing it and where it was at on my foot. He told me that he didn't think I had a stress fracture, but rather a soft tissue strain. He said to go ahead and get an x ray for piece of mind, but he would be surprised if I did have a stress fracture. Just hearing him tell me that calmed me down.
When I was finally seen by an urgent care physician I had convinced myself I probably didn't have a stress fracture, but I still wanted an x ray...just to confirm. After a quick exam of my foot and a couple of x rays later, the physician confirmed I DID NOT HAVE A STRESS FRACTURE. I almost hugged her I was so excited. I almost started jumping for joy, but of course I didn't...my foot still hurt! She told me I probably shouldn't run for a couple of days and that I should continue icing and that it should start to feel better.
I went back to work thrilled I didn't have stress fracture, but bummed I would be missing another marathon workout. My coach said that it would be okay since I am tapering and that this happened at the best time since I am starting to taper. I decided I still had to have a workout of some type so I did a 90 minute spin workout. Holy moly! I about died!!!! It was an an awesome workout.
The plan for the rest of the week is to continue icing my foot and try to run easy today. If it is still bothering me then I will just do another spin workout. So far it is still pretty sore, but more of a dull pain today. No sharp pains, knock on wood.
I feel like I am going crazy. I probably have met my insurance deductible over the last month since I started training for Eugene. If I could just live in a bubble until April 29th, that would probably be the best option. Or a padded cell...I am so over paranoid right now it is ridiculous! Not to mention I have already started my crazy tapering mood swings. This is going to be a long 24 days. Please pray for my family & co workers. :-)
PS- My physician (he is so great) emailed me when I was at UC--even on vacation. He didn't think I had a stress fracture either. Maybe I really do need this neuro consult, but not for my nerves for my brain!