Saturday, April 25, 2009

My feet are KILLING me

Ever since running Lake Sonoma 50 miler a few weeks ago, both feet have been KILLING me! Both feet! Can you freaking believe that? My left heel is bruised or fractured or who knows what, and my right foot has posterior tibial tendonitis rearing it's ugly head and my ankle and the tendon that runs along the bottom of my foot is super painful. So, no running for me. My friend Kent, who just happens to be an orthopedic Doc, told me to take a break from running and let my feet heel. That's easy for him to say. So now, instead of lacing up my shoes and running along beautiful wildflower lined trails, I am putting on a swim suit, cap, and goggles and swimming back and forth over and over again. How boring is that? I almost feel like I am being punished! "You made your bed, now lie in it!" "You are a bad girl, now get in the pool and count how many laps you can do in 45 minutes!"

I am signed up for Miwok 100k next weekend but I won't be starting. I hate to think that I got in the lottery and now I am injured and can't run. While everyone is lined up ready to hit the sand for the start of the race, I will be sleeping in my bed, dreaming of lane lines and pull buoys.
Hitting the snooze button. Yawn. Boring.

I don't mean to sound so negative. I am looking at this running rest as a good thing. My body needs a little down time. I train all year. I don't take time off for good behavior. I am getting stronger by letting my body rest from all the pounding. It's a good thing, no, really it is. Have a good run tomorrow everyone. I will think of you all as I plan out my next adventure while in the pool. I will love every freaking minute of it too.


meredith said...

BOO :( I will miss you next weekend, and know that you are in such deep pain to actually not be there. I got Jamie into aqua-jogging a few weeks ago...just a thought. I hope you feel better very soon! mer

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

So sorry to hear the problems haven't resolved yet. It must be fairly serious to be dragging out this long. So I think you're right to view this as a time for rest and recovery. I was just reading the chapter in Noakes' "Lore of Running" about overtraining, and it's clear that irreversible muscle damage can come from training too intensively for too long. So resting up for a while is a good thing.

What about hiking? Can you do a little hiking and photography maybe so that you don't feel deprived of the spring breezes and flowers? what about biking? is that possible?

I will be at Miwok, but after my rough time at Diablo last week, I am just hoping to finish and not DNF. Maybe it's too much to ask to not DFL too!

Good luck!

Peter Lubbers said...

Swimming is no fun!
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Kelly!

Victoria said...

Well, as someone who swam all while I was growing up, swimming on a team is actually lots of fun-- I'd still rather run, but with other people-- WAY better. By myself, it's boring. But you know, better to dream of lane lines and pull buoys for a minute than to have the nightmare of a really, really serious, possibly irreversible injury.

But I feel you. Injuries suck.

olga said...

Kelly, this sucks. But it's better to take a rest and save your feet for the long haul. I know you know that. Patience is so difficult!!! I'll be thinking of you.

George said...

You mean ones feet aren't supposed to hurt? ;-)


Enjoy your swim sister! At least you listen to your body and know when to rest. Like the foot photo, well it's kind of sick but made me laugh.

MrsL said...

please tell me that is astock photo and not YOUR feet! YIKIES~!

kelly said...

Hey Stephanie! No that is NOT my feet, though my feet felt like these look. I'm better now, thank God. How are you guys, doing?