My appointment on Monday with the chiropractor got me nowhere because he had gone home sick just before I got there. Tuesday, he was still sick. I iced whenever I could manage at work. Monday and Tuesday I rowed and stationary biked at the gym. Yesterday and today I tried out the Zero Runner and used the elliptical. The Zero Runner required coordination and was pretty tricky for me to keep the proper form. But if I practice it might get better. But I don’t want to practice on that thing. The elliptical felt great, just to get that running like movement without having to think about it. No pain on either. Finally at lunchtime today I was able to get in to see the chiropractor. At this point I felt fairly confident it wasn’t a stress fracture, but it was good to get the reassurance from him. He checked it with a tuning fork and there was no pain. Poked and pressed around my foot and lower leg. Turns out It is a strain of my extensor longus (I think), the smallish muscle that runs from the shin down onto the top of the foot and connects to the toes. He pressed on the top tendon of that muscle (up on the shin) and surprise! It actually hurt there too. There is just more stuff there to take the pull so it didn’t hurt the way my foot did. It’s already healing well – he recommended moist heat and massage to help ease it out the rest of the way. I can run as long as it doesn’t hurt. I need to make sure I warm up REALLY well. Heel dips, lots of heel dips. Memphis is still on. (Well I haven’t actually run yet post foot issue – but as long as I don’t do anything stupid, I have a good chance of being ok to run.)
I should have listened better to my foot. It felt better, but not pain free. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill after a long warmup. The miles hurt a little, but not a lot, so I figured I was ok. I went home, ate breakfast and went to work. Fine. Walking down the hallway this morning at work something "popped" in my foot and it is at least as bad as it was to start. Maybe worse. If I had listened to my foot and the voice in my head I would have stopped running when I started and given it another day or two. Now I'm out for at least another week I would think, and quite possibly longer. This is my fault. I know better. I was overeager. I'm paying the price.
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