I have not run in nearly a month now. The last run was on February 1st, which resulted in the foot injury and as diagnosed couple of weeks later it seems to be a stress fracture.
Since then, there hasn’t been much improvement and some pain is still noticeable even when walking. I will not run the Kinvara Half Marathon this weekend and not sure when will I be able to return to running. According to my physio, this can be another 6 weeks.
In the meantime, I have joined the local gym and will concentrate on no impact exercises. I’ll be doing a good bit of swimming and indoor cycling/spinning. I should also start cycling to work soon and hopefully get out on the club spins at weekends, however the weather in Galway is rather bad at the moment. I suppose the right thing to do is to ‘harden the f*%k up’ and do it.
Can’t wait to be able to run again…
It’s been a week since my last run and 5 days since the initial physio diagnosis.
Today, I had the 2nd visit to see how things are progressing. I gave a quick summary on how I’m doing with the prescribed exercises and mentioned that the pain hasn’t really eased off that much since. Massaging the sole of foot with a tennis ball is particularly painful when I put some pressure on the edge of the foot (opposite side from the arch).
Based on my feedback and another inspection, there’s now a suspicion of a stress fracture. My physio, also got a colleague to provide a second opinion and an x-ray of the whole foot from multiple angles has been recommended.
The physio has also performed some shockwave into the deep tissue of the foot, which has been quite painful in places, especially on the bone where the stress fracture might be.
Overall, not the best news and potentially this might prevent me from running my 1st half marathon in Kinvara.