Injury Update

So … 7 days since the last post, for which there is still no excuse.  Last time it was 9 days, though, so … improvement!

Met with the doc this morning.  The primary question right now is whether or not there is a stress fracture in there, so I have an x-ray appointment in the morning to rule that out.  In the meantime, I’ve been told no running (which was understood, but is now official) – so the Superhero Half Marathon is officially a bust and I’m disappointed about that.  My hope now is that I can get the go ahead to keep the streak alive by the end of May.

Especially in the evenings now, with the weather turning nice, the runners, they are out.  And it is remarkable to me how it makes me feel to see people out running in nice weather.  I want to be out there, I want to be doing this.

I hope this isn’t a stress fracture.

I think it is the shoes…

So, two weeks ago I talked about taking a zero because of self-diagnosed peroneal tendonitis.  Last week I strapped ‘em on and got back to it – and felt good.  The week was a bit different because my family had to travel and I had a couple of days off, so I got to do some short runs on more “fun” courses that I need to drive to.

And then on Friday, I did a 4-mile run along the Bronx River Parkway that really was nice.  I went late morning, the weather was perfect, this is one of my favorite stretches to run.  And I felt generally good and everything was nice.

Until I got out of my car at home.  When I put pressure on my left foot, things basically buckled.  The pain ran from the tendon’s connection with the bone all the way around my ankle up near my calf.

Le <sigh>

So I didn’t get to do my long run this weekend.

Here’s what I think is going on – I really believe it is the shoes.  This is described as an over-use injury, but my mileage hasn’t increased recently and is well below the peak from last November / December.  So I don’t think it is that.  And I never had this problem until two weeks after the half marathon in March … and the only thing that has changed has been my shoes.  I switched from Brooks Beast to the Adrenaline GTS 14s, and I think this is about those shoes.  They are putting me on the outside of my foot.

So what I’m going to do is this – tomorrow, I’m going to go for a run.  Things feel much better, so I think I can handle a short run.  BUT, rather than use my new shoes, I’m going to use my old Beasts.  They’re worn out with 400 miles on them, but they’ll be better than the new ones.  If I don’t have any problem – it is the shoes, and I’ll be acquiring a new pair of Beasts.

And I’ll never stray again.

Minor Surgery

So … I’ve decided not to post a picture of this one.

You’re welcome.  Trust me.

I had to travel for work this week, and only skipped one of my treadmill workouts (because treadmill).  And then, on the way home, getting myself worked up for getting the running going again, I do a boneheaded thing.

After I got through security at the airport, but before I put my shoes back on, I decided to untangle the shoulder strap on my briefcase.  This entailed pulling and bouncing and generally acting like I was trying to empty the contents of the briefcase.  Which would have been fine, except that I hadn’t zipped it back up when I put the laptop back in it on the other side of security.

It was all I could do not to scream loud curse words when the laptop hit my big toe.

Direct shot, right in the middle of my big toe, on my sock-covered foot.  It hurt like hell.

Of course the nail turned black immediately and I’ve been limping around for a couple of days now.  Running would have been awful.  Tonight I decided to take fate into my own hands and started working the nail over.  Pretty much immediately I broke the pressure and got a lot of blood … and also pretty much immediately it started feeling better.  After a bit more work I was able to completely remove the nail – while my wife fretted in the background that I’m going to get an infection and lose the whole foot.  Which could still happen.

The nail has been gone an hour, and the swelling is way down and my toe feels pretty much normal again.  It looks gross, but feels normal.  So there is that.

Depending on how it feels in the morning … I’m going to go for a run.

(Edit:  much more sore this morning than I anticipated after last night.  It needs another day to heal up.  <sigh>)

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