Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Ran

It has been seven weeks since I presumably got a stress fracture in my foot. I went to the doctor today for a rather inconclusive consultation. She was ok with ordering an Xray so my foot did pose for some pictures. I received a voicemail saying they had something to report just before I go home which was about two minutes before they closed so when I called back it was already after office hours. So I have to wait until tomorrow.

I'd been cruising up and down the stairs at work without any discomfort so when Ruth asked if I would take Elliott for his second stroll today I decided to jog. I wore Nike Free because I felt the Asics Evolution 5's were a contributing factor in the fracture in the first place and I certainly don't think the foot is ready for its nakedness to be striking asphalt. At 0.3 miles I had a rather painful almost lock up of the knee (knee cap, odd) so I walked a half a block. It did it again so I walked a little more then tried again and finally it didn't give me any more problems. My guess is that between wearing the boot for almost five weeks and favoring it the rest of the time things might not have been tracking how they should.

I ran more or less pain free, but the foot definitely felt different from the other. Including the walking and stopping for the knee I ran the two miles in 26 minutes. I'm sure I looked like an old man shuffling along out there pushing his grandchild, ...pretty accurate except that Elliott's not a grandchild.


  1. Yay!!!! Hope you have an easy comeback; don't be too tempted to push it.

    I'm interested to see what the x-ray reveals.

  2. What Val said. Sounds quite logical with your theory on the knee locking up.

    As for the foot, in my experience the tricky thing is determining what feels different in the foot. When I was coming back, I felt some discomfort in the area of the stress fracture, and I wondered if I was reinjuring it. After some careful trial and error, I concluded it was the scar tissue/residue from the stress fracture. But therein lies the danger of misdiagnosing it when one could actually be reinjuring it. Point being: expect some discomfort even if it's healed, but watch it very carefully and come back veeeeeeeeeeery slowly. Best of luck, John!