This week has been a little light on running; I have been very strict in resting my foot and honestly it was feeling significantly better by mid week. So, on Thursday, I tested it with a light jog on the treadmil (actually the first time I’ve run on a treadmill) and although it ached a little immediately afterwards, it wasn’t too bad.
I decided that parkrun was a possibility for Saturday.
My younger son seems to have caught the running bug and was very keen to join me at parkrun… too keen in fact, as he shot off like a rocket leaving me in his dust. I was worried that he would panic if he looked back and couldn’t see me so I increased my pace to keep him in sight. Before too long he slowed to walking and I caught up with him, he felt sick and his stomach hurt. Being a proper concerned mum I suggested that maybe he shouldn’t have started quite so fast, while inwardly laughing at him!
He then kept pace with me until the end where we triumphantly crossed the finish line hand in hand. He had completed his first parkrun and I had knocked 5 minutes off my previous time.
However, doing parkrun exacerbated my injury and by lunchtime I couldn’t put any weight on my foot. I spent some time pondering the merits of getting it checked at hospital that day versus seeing my GP on Monday who would probably just send me to hospital for an x-ray. Worried that it could be a stress fracture I went to the Urgent Care Centre (formerly minor injuries) at the hospital, where I sat and knitted for a few hours. Thankfully the x-ray was clear so I left reassured that it was just a bad sprain with the advice to stay away from running for a minimum of a week.
I have learnt (once again) that the human body needs time to repair and recover and that pushing on through pain and injury is counterproductive in the long-term.
My week 8 running stats:
- I ran just twice, a total of 8.5km
- I ran on a treadmill for the very first time
- I achieved a parkrun PB of 33:21
- (And my younger son ran his first parkrun)
My plans for next week are to follow the hospital’s recommendations for aiding recovery from my injury – regular paracetamol, ice, rest and some walking to be built up gradually. Swimming is allowed and I’ll be able to do some things at the gym.