I have been reading a lot about over-training and injuries lately. I haven’t been seeking out these posts; they have just showed up in my regular blog reading. It saddens me to think that I *should* have “known better” than to push so hard in those last weeks before my injury occurred. I just felt so good. *Sigh* – but now, I don’t feel so good. I am frustrated and tired of the whole thing. But I have a sneaking suspicion that I have much more to endure.
I have always been a strong advocate for “listening to my body”. My body wasn’t telling me to slow down though; it was saying “this is fun – go faster” and I did. I could see this happening if I had not listened to my body’s messages and ignored the warning signs. That wasn’t the case, and yet I instinctively knew at the point when I wrote my post on control and discipline, that I should ease up.
I DID ease up. I had only run 3 miles the day prior to the injury. My schedule had called for a 6 mile run at marathon pace. My average “moving” pace for that run was 8:41/mile, and my average pace overall (including stops for lights, etc) was 9:00/mile. I had taken the Friday off and had run 4 miles at 9:00/mile pace on Thursday. But I guess I was too late in backing off. I am not going so fast anymore. My body is now saying “Ouch – this is NO fun at all.”
My MRI is scheduled for tonight. I am anxious for answers – whatever they may be – and treatment. I can’t be sure, but I don’t think that the Ibuprofen or ultrasounds are helping. I am not sure if the ice baths are helping either – though I don’t feel much discomfort for the period of time that my foot is numb. As for the strengthening and, newly added, foot stabilization exercises, I think they are actually aggravating things. Again, I can’t be sure. I do what I am told and limp along the path for supposed recovery.
My podiatrist had told me to leave her a message telling her when my MRI was scheduled so that she could see me soon after. I have left 4 messages now, but I still don’t have an appointment. When I called the appointments clerk to try to schedule it myself, I was told the next available was November 20th. I started to cry while I was still on the phone with him. I asked him to find out how I could be seen sooner. He said it takes about 5 days to get results, and I told him that in my prior experience, things like stress fractures can be noted immediately but the final read would not be done until later. I asked if I could see another podiatrist and he said that “wasn’t allowed”.
So, let me get this straight: It IS okay to make someone stay in pain for 20 more days because there isn’t an early appointment, but it is NOT okay to have them be seen sooner by another podiatrist.
I am so frustrated…. and STILL waiting.