RICE

I’ve been wallowing in self-pity since Monday, all kinds of thoughts flowing in and out:

Why did I stop running for so long? 

I should have seen those two dips in the grass…

If I just waited another day or two before my long run…

Why did I go hiking?

This is all because I wrote about how excited I am to be running the Hana Relay + my first half-marathon

Call me superstitious, but I never like to tell too many people about big things happening in my life because they often find ways of getting jinxed, making me feel like a fool.   

Case in point:

To prepare for my upcoming races, I did just a couple runs:

  1. Friday: short 2 mile jog before teaching class
  2. Sunday: 8 mile run

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Most of you know by now that I wear Vibram Fivefingers to run, and have been loving them.  I run off-pavement whenever possible, which is how I sort of tweaked my ankle a couple times on Friday [damn you, drainage holes!].  It didn’t hurt too badly, and my ankles are pretty flexible, so I didn’t think too much of it.  I taught my kickboxing class and felt fine, aside from some pain on the outside of my left leg between my knee and ankle.  I figured I pulled the ankle muscle a bit and just needed to rest it for a day or two. 

Which I did.

Aside from the mild muscle strain, I felt great on Sunday morning, so Ben and I set out to get our long runs done [he did 11, I did 8].  After a few miles, the strain felt better, but I started to feel some pain under my foot – below my ankle – with every footfall.  I kept running, assuming the pain was just passing through. 

By the end of the eight miles, the muscles below my knee wasn’t bothering me at all, but my foot was tender.  Still riding the endorphins, Ben and I had a snack and then jumped in the ocean to cool down. 

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I’m pretty sure the cool water helped with my foot because I didn’t feel pain until the next day, when we went hiking.

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It would have been a beautiful hike if my foot wasn’t in excruciating pain during those three hours.  Sad smile

Since then, I haven’t been able to put pressure on the outside of my left foot [directly below the ankle].  I thought it might feel better today [after almost two days of rest], but it’s still just as sore to put pressure on.  I’ve been R.I.C.E.ing [rest / ice / compression / elevation] and got a sub to teach my class today, but I’m totally nervous that I won’t be able to run this weekend’s Hana Relay… or next weekend’s half-marathon! 

So my plan as of now:

  • Stop beating myself up.  It’s not helping my attitude, and it definitely won’t help the healing process. 
  • R.I.C.E.  I do still have a few days until the relay, but until then I need to give my body what it needs.
  • Put things back into perspective.  In the grand scheme of things, my health and my body are far more important than a few races.  I’d rather sit out and sign up for next year than sustain injuries that might keep me from exercising at all. 
  • Be honest with myself.  No more down-playing my injuries so that I can feed my ego.  I’ll honor my body and only race if I’m truly feeling ready. 
  • Lighten up!  This isn’t the end of the world.  There is so much to be grateful for! 

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And with that, I’ll leave you with a shot of my new wicked awesome tan lines from running for an hour and a half in the Maui sunshine.

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How do you deal with injuries?  Any advice?

Have you ever experienced foot pain from running? 

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16 thoughts on “RICE

  1. Katie says:

    I have been dealing with a bum ankle for about…8 months now? Hurt it by opening a door, couldn’t run. Took time off from running. Then when it was feeling mostly good, I twisted it dancing at a wedding. I tested the other day during a 1 min run on the beach, and it felt okay afterwards. I’m going to have build back up very very slowly.

    Advice — seriously don’t run on it. Don’t push it.

  2. Melissa @ TryingToHeal says:

    Ah, I’m sorry about the ankle! But you are doing things now that will keep it from getting worse, so that’s good. Definitely RICE and stay positive. I do this a lot for my big muscles (ie quad and calves) but you can probably do this for your ankle: freeze water in a dixie cup, peal off cup and use that ice to massage the area that hurts. If you have a muscle problem it works and helps a lot.

    And there’s a half marathon in Maui in two weekends?!?!?! Ahhh…i should have checked on that. I totally could have come and done it since I’ll be in Kauai starting the 17th! 🙂 Wanna island hop and meet up? Hehe~

  3. Angela @ The Chicken Scoop says:

    Oh no! Sorry to hear! I had some foot pain a few weeks ago and I rested a ton. I also iced it and rolled it on a golf ball. Then I was sick of it hurting so I did a very short and easy run in my Vibrams to try and strengthen it and after that it felt fine. I don’t endorse this at all. LoL, mine was just a mild soreness. I hope you feel better soon, and you are right, its more important to be healthy (although I would be really bummed missing any races too)
    ~Ang

    • greenplatedinners says:

      =( I know… I’m still getting over it and coming to terms with the fact that I’m just going to have to r.e.l.a.x. [which isn’t something that’s in my fitness vocabulary!]. I’m so sick of this pain too that I feel like maybe I should run through it as well, but I’ve heard a few really BAD stories about people who have done that and now need foot surgery [umm, no thanks].

  4. lovelylici1986 says:

    Stay positive. 🙂
    I’m just learning about VFFs. I cycle, and I’ve been thinking about running. I may need a pair of those, and a pair for gf. Thanks for linking back to your first post about them.

  5. Lauren @ WWoB says:

    Oh cripes, injuries are the WORST. I injured my toe last year and couldnt work out for a while and at first I was going crazy. But I realized that that wasnt a healthy mindset so I tried to just chill out, go with the flow, and let my foot heal. It healed much faster by not trying to push it AND I got comfortable with not being super active all the time. Win win 🙂

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