The hypochondria monster strikes again.
Uncertainty makes me feel uninspired and grumpy, so you are about to experience an annoying string of short sentences, poor transitions, and dull details.
See, I’ve had this pain in my foot for about two months now.
It scares me.
At first, there were a few mild shooting pains, mostly at random or in the middle of the night. I decided it could be a neuroma. I took a week off to cross-train it away. Then I raced. I was fine.
So I ran and ran and ran in my shoes-with-too-many-miles-on-them.
Due to icy, dangerous road conditions or possibly just me being a wuss, I was putting in a lot of miles on the treadmill, 2% incline at the least to compensate for the lack of wind resistance. In other words, lots of running at a slight uphill cant. When I am outside, the only way to run across the ice without being reduced to a glacially slow shuffle is to wear ice studs. Neither of these is an ideal situation for finicky feet.
Gradually the pain came back.
It moved over one metatarsal. It felt different this time.
It is not incapacitating when I actually run. Mostly it just feels like it’s burning for a little while. It comes and goes as it pleases. In fact, I notice it more when I’m walking — and heck, sitting –than I do when I run.
Sometimes it wakes me up in the middle of the night, burning, cramping, very localized, sort of like I’m getting knifed in the underside of my foot where the bottom of my 2nd and 3rd toes meet the ball of my foot.
Other times it feels like it hurts on top of the foot.
Are we bored yet?
Essentially, after a few weeks of this quandary making me a very grouchy, unpleasant, unmotivated person, I am here posting in exhaustive detail about my silly foot pain. I’m hoping that if I put this down in writing, it will turn out to be nothing. Sort of like I’m performing reverse psychology on the universe.
And now, a visual intermission:
Profanity and expletives.
It hurts on the rowing machine and the elliptical. Which leaves… the stationary bike.
But, but, maybe it’s nothing! See, generally my strategy with these things is to ignore them and hope for them to magically disappear, but that hasn’t been working so far.
I suppose that if I’m going to have something of an injury, now is as convenient a time as any.
But, guh. Someone, tell me exactly what it is and exactly what to do about it and whether or not it would be stupid to continue running on it. Sure, I know the answers to at least a few of those questions, I just need to hear them from someone else.
I know, I know, see a doctor, you moron! And if I replace my shoes and spend the week cross-training, this nonsense will all clear up. Right? Right?
Have you ever had a running-related foot injury?
How do you cross-train when jumping, elliptical, rowing, and swimming (due to lack of access) aren’t options? Looks like I’ll be getting cozy with the stationary bike in the next few days. And — trend alert — I’ve been lifting quite frequently in the past three weeks, mostly because it gives me something productive to do outside of needless foot-hurting junk mileage.