“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” ~ Scott Reed
First things first, you do not just LOVE that quote!? I do!
Ok.. on to the post…
Woah, I knew I’d get lots of opinions when I asked what you thought about my foot situation… but I didn’t realize pretty much EVERYONE would tell me to go to the doctor. I suppose if I were you, I’d tell myself the same thing.
But (yes, there is a but) the thing is, I can feel the difference in it from 10 days ago when I fell. Sure, it’s still a little sore, but NOTHING like it was in the days immediately after I fell. Right after I fell, I couldn’t bear full weight on it, I was limping around like a gimp, it was super sore, swollen,
I wanted to cry like a baby, painful… you name it.
NOW, I can bear full weight on it, it’s a little sore, at times, I can walk normally on it, and barely swollen. Wouldn’t you think it’s healing?? Who knows… I didn’t, so I called the nurse line today and told the RN my situation and asked her about running and my upcoming 5K. After asking me a lot of questions, here’s what she told me:
- Sounds like a sprain/strain, as opposed to being broken, since I can bear full weight on it and I don’t limp when I walk.
- Sprains/strains can take 4-6 weeks to completely heal, which may be as long, or longer than a break.
- I CAN run on it, but if it hurts, STOP. She said “this is not a “no pain, no gain” situation.
- Do NOT cancel your upcoming 5K.
- Be sure to elevate it when I can and ice it 3-4 times a day.
- AND in a week, if there isn’t any improvement from today, then go see the doctor.
So, there ya have it my friends. To be honest, this is pretty much what I suspected. Like I said, luckily, the day I tumbled down the stairs, our friends were over and Kristin is an RN. She looked at it and basically told me straight out that it was a sprain and going to the doctor, they would likely tell me the same thing (R.I.C.E) and charge me a whole lot. So…. that’s where I’m at.
I promise, if I still have pain a week from today, I’ll go to the doctor, this is my public promise!
Now, keep in mind the nurse said if I feel like I can run… then run! Just stop if it starts to hurt. So…. that’s what I did tonight. It was SO nice out when I got home from work, a VERY welcome change from the nasty cold, rainy, sleety weather we’ve been having, so I wanted to take advantage of it.
I wrapped up my tootsie, grabbed Dex and off we went. I did a very light walk/job. In total, I completed 2.3 miles (according to mapmyrun.com) in about 55 minutes. Mind you, I ran into my newly engaged neighbor and her pup, Quita, while we were out, so we stopped and chatted (read: oogled over diamonds ;)) while the pups sniffed at each other for several minutes.
It felt good to get out and to test out running since I haven’t in like 10 days. I will say, running outside is MUCH different than running indoors on the treadmill! I definitely need to pace myself because I can tell I was going faster, which of course, I couldn’t keep up with for that long. So, I’ll definitely have to work on that.
Otherwise, it felt good. Whenever I felt pain… or really, anything that just didn’t feel “normal”, I stopped and walked – which wasn’t hard to do because Dex, my running buddy LOVES to stop and sniff EVERYTHING. No, seriously everything… Anyways, I honestly think that a majority of the discomfort in my foot was coming from having my ACE bandage wrapped too tightly. I want it wrapped tight enough to protect my foot, but I think that is what’s causing the discomfort because it’s the BOTTOM of my foot that feels… weird. Not really PAINFUL.. just weird.. and not normal. So I guess wrap it more loosely next time? I don’t know… I’m new to all of this junk.
And LASTLY, I would just like to say I am OFFICIALLY registered for my FIRST ever 5K! I’ll be running the Challenge Hearts and Minds 5K on Memorial Day with a bunch of other awesome bloggers. Go team #PriorFatPack! (PS, if you’re interested in running/jogging/walking with us… let me know!)
Alright, I’ve CLEARLY rambled on long enough… I’m gonna jet. Today is a rest day, so YAY for that! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a super fun weekend! See ya soon!