Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Maybe not so marathon week….

I have bad news. After trying to take the first few steps this morning of my run it was clear that what I was hoping was just tired sore feet is actually a full blown injury. I feel like the timing of this couldn’t be much worse. I ran on Sunday with a stabbing pain in my arch but really hoped that it would get better with a little rest but it hasn’t. I headed to my Physical Therapist this morning after a slightly hysterical email to get checked out. They think I have the very beginnings of posterior tibial tendonitis.

The symptoms of tendonitis of the posterior tibial tendon include pain in the instep area of the foot and swelling along the course of the tendon. In some cases the tendon may rupture, due to weakening of the tendon by the inflammatory process. Rupture of the tendon leads to a fairly pronounced flatfoot deformity that is easily recognizable.

They sent me off with a taped foot and instructions to rest and not expect this to heal quickly.
*please excuse janky toenails and flip-flops, shoes hurt

While my PT is not really in favour of my ironman training (he thinks it’s nuts for anyone) he thinks I will be able to get through IMCDA. He said it would be painful (great) but I should probably be able to do it. That probably makes me nervous!

The bad news is that they said NO MARATHON this weekend. I don’t think that has fully sunk in yet, while not as devastating as not being able to do IMCDA it’s still a big letdown. I haven’t fully committed to not doing it yet, but know I shouldn’t. Recovery might start tonight with some heavy drinking.

How do you deal with injury setbacks?


  1. Ugh! I had posterior and anterior tibial tendonitis and it SUCKED! Rest did not fix the issue for me. Once I started doing my prescribed exercises/stretches 3 x daily as prescribed and worked with the massage therapist, I finally had relief. Don't let it get worse! Take care of you!

  2. I'm really really sorry! Pause for a moment, and listen to your foot. And find a PT that believes in Ironman training! Good luck, mentally and physically!

  3. Do NOT do the marathon. It won't be worth it and you'll probably be putting months and months of hard work at stake. We're always so logical when giving other people advice about their injuries but not so great about it when it comes to our own, I know!

    I also agree with finding a PT who is supportive of Ironman....

  4. I hope you heal up quickly and permanently. Good luck!

  5. I too agree with looking for a different PT. I would think you couldn't be in to much better of a place for finding someone. But I would say it would be much better to skip the marathon rather than do it and have to miss CDA. So sorry this has happened.

  6. That sucks...but don't run the marathon! I ran a marathon with tendonitis across the top of my foot and it sucked. The entire race sucked and my bruise, purple foot afterwards sucked too - just don't do it. Rest up and take on IMCDA!

  7. I am so sorry. I am sending healing thoughts your way. And please rest up!

  8. Oh, I'm sorry. I think you should definitely rest up for the IM. That's the overall goal.
    Injury setbacks are the absolute worst.