Two weeks ago I was in my normal Orange Theory Fitness class. I have been going to OTF for 2.5 years at this point so it is nothing out of the ordinary. I went to put a weight back on the rack, like I have during every other class, and somehow it rolled back off the rack. A 20 pound dumbbell fell from about 3ish feet directly onto the top of my right foot – OUCH! I have never at any point wished I used lighter weights, I like that I push myself to use heavier weights than lots of the girls at Orange Theory, but man at that exact moment I really wished I was one of those ladies who only lifted 5lb weights.
It hurt like hell instantly (excuse the language, but it did). I walked directly out of class, don’t worry I was not stubborn enough to finish, and came straight home to elevate and ice it. I was hoping my foot was just throbbing from the initial pain of the impact, but about 8 hours later it was still pretty unbearable and crazy swollen so it was time to head to the doctor.
I went a Express branch of my doctor’s office that has x-ray machines onsite. They quickly ran a few x-rays to check for fractures. I was freaking out! Not only was I in a ton of pain, but I was worried about more medical bills (as I am already drowning in a sea of them), plus I am in the middle of marathon training – What would a fracture due to my Chicago Marathon dreams?
Luckily, the x-ray came back and there were no fractures. I was so happy. However, I was told that stress fractures don’t always show up in initial x-rays and that I needed to come back in a week to recheck for those. I was told to spend the week with my foot elevated, icing every hour, no weight bearing activities, and just to relax until the next set of x-rays. Easier said than done, instead I spent the week worrying about what would happen to my marathon training.
A week later all of the swelling was gone, but my foot was still bruised and it hurt to move my toes at all. Back in for more x-rays I went. Thankfully, I was blessed and there was no stress fracture so I was cleared to return to activity as I could tolerate the pain for the bruised foot. However, the doctor, who was a runner herself, told me to easy in carefully. No long runs. (This is what my foot looked like a week later when I went back for my stress fracture check, I will spare you the original, swollen, scary foot.)
So, I tested the foot out with a few walks first, always icing after each one, and it felt fine. I just jumped back into running with a short run – 5 miles instead of the 14 miles I was scheduled to do.
What does this mean for my marathon training? Well with a week totally off and a week of mostly walking I am two full weeks behind for sure. Depending on how my foot reacts to my first week running I could jump back in, or I may end up being 3 week behind. It is really frustrating to be off schedule, but I am reminding myself that I am just running Chicago for fun, and how lucky I am that it is not broken.
Let me know –
Have any clumsy moments side tracked your training?