Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bring in the third string...

I am currently out of commission. I have been complaining of pain since late July and it got worse last week. I could usually run through it, but my stride would be totally off and the stiffness and pain wouldn't ease until about two miles into my runs.

Two clues it wasn't just something little... 1) I was limping while walking and didn't realize it. Two people at work noticed and asked about it, which is how I found out. 2) I quit half way through ultimate frisbee last Friday. I wasn't willing to run for a game that I love to play.

Kristin and I had a chat about this Saturday and determined I need to see a doctor. My thought, though, is that I don't want to go the doctor route until I have properly tried to rest it. So I have decided to take two weeks off. I took off one when this pain first started, and it obviously wasn't enough. So I'm taking two, and if there is any pain at all when I try to start back up then I am going to the doctor.

This is totally going to throw off my mileage. I am going to be struggling to hit my mileage goal for the year after this hiatus. It will be a steeper hill to climb, but definitely not impossible. If I can stay healthy, then I can do it. I will just have to work harder than I thought I would.

To make matters worse, Kristin was out on a run Friday and ended at the frisbee field. By this time, I was already sitting out, so we stayed and watched everyone finish their games. We started to walk home afterwards, but a friend that was meeting us at our house drove by. So I hopped in the car, and Kristin elected to run the rest of the way home. Just before she got home, she ended up stepping on a rock that was in the middle of the road and she slipped and hit the pavement. She hurt her foot in the process.

She was limping around that day and for the next couple days, but decided not to go to the doctor. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I would diagnose her as having a mild sprain.

She wanted to try a run on Tuesday, and she did well. But her foot was hurting worse on Wednesday. I'm not sure at this point what her plans are to rest it further. I haven't updated our mileage on the site recently, but when I put it up you will see that she has been doing great lately. I hope her injury doesn't slow her down too far.

We are both signed up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Cleveland on September 13. And Kristin is signed up for the 12.5k leg of the Akron Marathon relay on September 27.

7 comments:

Rae! said...

I know you do not want to go to the Doctors but this has been going on since July. You should go. That way you can heal. I hope you do not have a stress fracture.

Craig Wheeler said...

It's not that I don't want to go to the doctor...It's that I don't want to go to the doctor only for him to tell me that I need to rest. I want to try that first, then see a pro if that doesn't work.

I probably should have taken rest more seriously when it first started hurting bad. Maybe it would have gone away weeks ago if I hadn't tried to push myself right after it happened.

DebWDW said...

What awful luck -- two foot injuries!! Good luck to both of you, and hang in there.

Jeff said...

Rest it but don't ignore it. Don't risk putting yourself out of the game longer than necessary. How many miles are on your shoes? I retired my last pair at 500 and when my shoe salesman saw then he said I should have replaced them much sooner. Perhaps even 200 miles sooner. eek.

Basil said...

What a bummer Craig :0( Get better soon!!

Chris said...

Jeez, sounds like a rough go of it for both of you. Hope the rest works for you, if not, get to the Doc quick!!! :-)

Rae! said...

How are things??