I had plans to get out on Sunday morning for a nice 8 mile run with Michelle, but with temperatures plummeting to Arctic-like conditions we decided we just didn't have it in us. This was a bit of a disappointment, but was probably for the best as my foot really started to bother me as the morning went on. Out of nowhere I had developed pain on the outside bottom of my left foot, in what I guess you would call the "outside arch".
I decided to just take it easy and not run the next day either, opting for a swim instead (which went pretty well by the way)…but the weather was beautiful on Tuesday so I decided to hit the trails at lunch without a jacket
I run an out and back at lunch and I had it in my mind that I would start with a 5K in mind and check my pain at the 2.5K mark, then if that was good I would attempt a 5-miler at the 4K point and finally if that was still good I would go with my usual 10K route.All was fine other than one little twinge so I went for the 10K…probably a mistake. by the time I got to 7.5K (just shy of 5 miles) my foot flared up, and I was still 3K from the office. I dialed it back a bit and made it back in one piece, but I hobbled a bit that afternoon. Funny enough I had a great pace of 4:29/km(7:13/mile)…maybe my legs were just happy to run in real running shoes again as I broke out my Saucony Kinvara 4's for the first time in about 4 months.
When I got home it was ice and compression socks. I unfortunately had beach volleyball that night as well, which I took as easy as I could. I also decided to head on over to Dr. Google and he told me it could be a number of scary things up to and including a stress fracture. It seems like the most likely diagnosis is something called peroneal tendonitis, for which the treatment is rest (duh), ice, anti-inflamitories, and stretching/massage (good old tennis ball). Here are some pictures I found at Athletes Treating Athletes (not my feet!)
So it looks like it is rest time (from running) for me, probably a little over a week until I test it before next Sunday's Around the Bay 30K race. Luckily swimming and biking are still okay!
I got out for another swim at lunch on Wednesday, getting in 1200m in a little under half an hour. I'm not really sure if the time is good or not, but I'm happy with how I feel during and after the session now, which is more than I was able to say when I started up 3 weeks ago. I'm now halfway through my Swim a Mile app program and gaining confidence, and I'm now able to say that I really enjoy swimming!
On a happy note, welcome to Spring! Here in London we were greeted with a dusting of snow and temperatures below freezing…yay! It is also officially the coldest winter we have experienced here since 1976-77, which was before I was born, so my personal coldest winter ever!
Have any of you dealt with Peroneal Tendonitis before?
Is it looking Spring-like where you are?