Monday, September 22, 2008

No More Training For Me

I've given my feet weeks to heal, and it's clear that they need more time.

I've been running extremely lightly (2-3 miles 10 min/mile pace) every other day and the results are pretty consistent- I run, and the pain worsens. I even tried running on grass and dirt trails to see if it would make a difference, but no dice.

At this point I don't know what's up with my feet, but I feel I can't train anymore. I'm not willing to risk permanent injury. I still plan to run the marathon, but I'm not going to be in the kind of shape I'd like to be in when I run it.

Hopefully my feet are completely healed by then. They've got 19 days.

Until then, I'll be doing a lot of biking. It's not nearly the same thing, but at least it gets the heart going.


Anonymous said...

That's crazy. I've been in a similar situation having to run with a broken bone in my foot in high school, I know how that feels. To run a marathon with no training for 20 days is dangerous. It's too punishing. Not only will your foot have damage, the rest of your body will too. If you can't run 3 miles a couple times a week now, let it go. If you can run through the pain, your body will be in better shape overall and you will have less chance of new injuries like shinsplints, which are almost guaranteed with such a break. Once you run that distance or beyond, you'll realize it's not magic number. As a runner, it's taken more willpower for me not to run sometimes but it's always preferable to stopping during a race because of pain.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried taking any organic supplements? Boswellia heals my minor injuries. It can be taken as needed and it is sold at Whole Foods Market.