To be honest, this week was rough. I haven’t had an injury that took me out of running for more than 2 days in a row since I had a stress fracture in September 2013 and then this week happened. On Monday morning I went out for my normal 13-15 mile run before work and something in my foot started to bother me pretty bad. At about 4 miles into the run, I got a weird tightness/pain around my peroneal tendon but the stubborn person I am continued to run another 11 miles on it.
By mile 12, I had to stop and try to stretch it out but nothing was helping so I jogged home and figured I had some tendonitis in my peroneal. I stopped by our athletic training room on my way to the office and grabbed some ice hoping that would do the trick. It didn’t bother me much during the day but I knew that my afternoon double would have to be scratched and I planned on cross training on Tuesday to be safe. There was a dull pain/ache that woke me up in the middle of the night and it was painful to walk down stairs but just walking normal wasn’t painful.
On Wednesday, my coach and I decided to give running a try by testing it for 10 minutes since I was supposed to race the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday. That “test” was a mega fail as every single step hurt and nothing was loosening up. I stopped by the training room again and the head athletic trainer gave me some bad news–after doing a few tests, he told me that he didn’t think it was tendonitis but he thought that it was a stress reaction or fracture in my fibula. To be honest, my heart stopped for a split second and he proceeded to tell me that the fibula is only 10% weight bearing so people normally don’t feel anything when they are running until it is really bad.
On Thursday, I went to the doctor (hoping for an MRI) but instead I got an X-ray, which showed something small but not a fracture, and a referral for an MRI. The bad news was that I couldn’t get an MRI appointment for 12 days!! However, I know that my body and bone needs rest and even if it’s only a stress reaction, I need to take a minimum of 2-3 weeks off. Read more >>