Right now I should be halfway through a 17 mile run on the C&O Canal. I should be chatting with my pace group along the beautiful path with sweeping vistas of the Potomac River. Alas, I am on the couch. The stupid Sesamoid bone of my right foot has reared it’s ugly head again. Two years ago, I spent 12 weeks in a boot with this teensy weensy, very painful bone broken in a sliver.
With four weeks to go until MCM, I’m not taking the risk of further damage and pain. I have a full 20 under my belt and 21 total miles for Ragnar next weekend. I feel confident that I can finish the race. But it doesn’t change the mental game. The mental game of resting and injury.
The waiting. The guilt of watching runners go past on the trail in my backyard.
I have avoided the doc because I know he will say that a cortisone shot is the way to go. I’m just not confident about putting a needle into the teeny bone in the ball of my foot and the joint of my big toe. (Does the visual make you squeamish? Yeah, me too.) He told me last year that this bone is prone to re breaks and sesamoiditis is hard to cure. Great…..
So for now, I wait. Rest. Ice. Heat. Advil. Nice cushy shoes. And pray that healing will come, and quickly. 4 weeks.
Don’t be too quick to judge the Cortisone shot! Two summers ago I decided to run 6 miles at the beach followed by a few minutes at the club gym. Wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that I hadn’t excercised at all for the few months prior. My left knee was in pain for weeks to follow. I finally went to the doc. He told me it was most likely bursitis, and that he could give me a cortisone shot. I didn’t really want it, but he walked out of the room and came back in with the big needle. Before I could say no, he gave me the shot. It was magical! The pain disappeared almost instantly. Best thing ever! I couldn’t believe that I had suffered for weeks, and here the pain was relieved in a matter of minutes. Just food for thought! Good luck with both your upcoming runs!
Harry knows how you feel!!! He too is sidelined from all fun! XOXO