September 9, 2015
With the time of year, I could call this a “back to school” article, except that I’m back to training after an injury.
So, a few weeks ago I got a pretty bad scare when I was worried that I had a stress fracture in my foot. There were a few things that could have caused it. The first was that I was trying a new shoe that was half-a-size too small and was putting a lot of pressure on the top of my foot. The second and more likely cause was overtraining. I had a wonderfully intense week on the week of August 10-16, doing every workout I was supposed to do and racking up over 55km. But, without the proper buildup to that mileage, the injury was prettymuch inevitable.
The injury itself was quite unusual and uncomfortable. I had this shooting pain at the top of my foot, especially when I pressed on a certain point. It also really hurt when I did anything that involved flexing the ankle forward like driving or doing squats. I took it easy the week of August 17, but when it didn’t get better after a week I got really worried and went to the doctor. He said it could have been a bad sprain or a stress fracture. I had an x-ray almost immediately, but had to wait almost two weeks for a bone scan.
The bone scan was an interesting experience, but definitely not one I’d recommend! In the hospital they told me they’d be taking 3D “pictures” of my feet and they’d be injecting something radioactive in me to help see better.
I was actually rather worried when the nurse/technician brought out the needle in a lead box! It turns out it was an isotope of Technetium. After reading about it I was less freaked out, but I didn’t read about it until AFTER I was injected with it. After being made radioactive, I had to lie still for about 15 minutes. It was hard not to fall asleep. I was then sent away for 2 hours and had similar scans taken later.
I’ve finally gotten the results back, and it’s very good news: No broken bones and I’m cleared to return to training! Back to school…err running! I have two months until the New York City Marathon and I have a lot of work to do get ready for it. I’m definitely not going to use a Jack Daniel’s inspired program, nor a program that uses too much intensity. I need to rapidly increase mileage and fight to avoid injury.
So, I’ve whipped together this plan for my last frantic 2 months loosely based on this post.
A notable entry is for September 27. I was planning to pace the Oakville Half-Marathon on September 27, but I withdrew after my injury. Now, by complete coincidence I’m supposed to do 21km on the 27th anyways. Should I run the distance on my own, or register for the race and enjoy the closed course?
And yes, I’m registered to do the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon as a “training run” before New York. I’m acutely aware that it’s possible to overdo it in race environments, but I’d like to think I have enough self-control to hold back and just enjoy the experience.
Wish me luck!