Monday, March 26, 2012

Bye-Bye, Boston!

I have been in hiding.  I haven't even written about my injury because that would just make it real, and I've been living in denial.  I have avoided all of your fabulous blogs like the plague because it is too depressing to read about everyone's 20 and 22 mile Boston training runs.  It is killing me not to be out there running like you. 

Several weeks ago, when I attempted to run 20 miles (after running 16 and 18 all within 2 weeks) I was stopped in my tracks by a severe pain in my foot.  I am all too familiar with stress fractures and there is no mistaking what this pain was.  I stopped and hobbled home.  Even walking on it hurt.

Here's the funny thing: a week later, I attempted to run on my treadmill and it barely hurt at all.  I believed I was healed.  I mean, how can a person run painlessly with a crack in their bone?  It must not have been a stress fracture!  Hallelujah!  But as soon as I stepped off the treadmill, there was the pain.  Sharp, and emanating from a very specific spot of my foot. 

A week later, still in denial, I hopped on the treadmill for yet another pain-free run.  Afterward, I tried to jog on the pavement to see how it felt out there in the concrete jungle.  My body instantly yelled "STOP".  I know I need to rest and stay off of it completely.  I need to stop "testing my foot" because stress fractures don't heal over night.  I should know that better than anybody!

So here I am, trying immensely hard to resist the urge to run.  I've taken up wine and karaoke. 

I'm actually not head-banging. 
I am just a very passionate performer.

I promise I have not lost (all of) my marbles, I'm just saddened by the turn of events.  My training was going "perfectly" and I felt as though I'd come back from my last injury really well.  Unfortunately, I clearly have not learned my lesson.  I strayed from my plan and ran way more than I was supposed to.  Such a rookie mistake, yet I made it again.  Being an overachiever can definitely be detrimental as a runner.

I am sadly still in denial.  A part of me believes I will be okay by April 16th and ready to run Boston.  What will it take?  I guess a doctor visit would confirm my suspicions but that is what I am so firmly avoiding. 

I guess it's time to make that phone call, and let a doctor tell me that I need to stay off my foot for 6 weeks.  Maybe I'll find the strength to pick up the phone today.  And maybe not.

I'll be enjoying a 3 day weekend in Palm Springs with 7 friends, so at least I have that to look forward to.    Weather in the 80 degree range, surrounded by mountains, dancing the weekend away at pool parties -- I guess I can't complain.  Except, all of my friends are on juice fasts and I just ate a doughnut!  I think I am the only one consuming solid foods and we'll all be in bikinis.  Yikes.  Maybe I need to up my game.

I hope everyone's training is going well.  I think I may finally be ready to read your blogs again.  I'll just need a box of Kleenex while I do so.  ;-)


  1. Kate, I know just how you feel and it sucks. Denial always seems easier than accepting what is reality. I don't know what else to say other than I'm so so sorry and I'm here for a listening ear if you need it. I recently wrote about a couple of sites that helped me through my stress fracture. It would be worth it to check it out.

  2. ah Kate...I am so sorry to read this. I think that yes you should make the call and get a healing plan to get back on the road asap
    I can only imagine how frustrating and depressing this situation can be...I hope you get better soon..I can promise you you wont find any Boston training over at my is pretty safe for you...well unless you are afraid of shirtless hairy running dudes...

  3. I can honestly say I feel your pain. Just a few short months ago I received that ever familiar shooting pain in my foot. I also decided to stay in denial and go back to the gym every day....until one day my body decided it had enough of my foolish decisions, and wouldn't even let me walk anymore. I grudgingly took myself to the doctor...and unfortunately it took me 3 months to heal. My doctor had no idea why I wasn't healing, and I was getting frustrated every moment I was in there. I was so depressed because 1. I was a newbie runner, and I had now lost all my endurance and 2. my boot didn't match any of my cute clothes. Ok, enough complaining....I say all of this to remind you that it's easy to get caught up in the hear and now and what we will miss out on tomorrow....but we need to remember the future, and everything we will miss out in the future if we don't take care of today's problems. You will heal and be running in no time!!!! :)

  4. Oh no!!!!! :( THIS SUCKS!!! I'm so sorry you're missing out on Boston. :( Can you defer your entry to next year?

  5. Kate, this post was so bitter-sweet to read. I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with this injury, but really glad to hear that you're still blogging! Was getting worried after not seeing posts for so long! This weekend I watched Spirit of the Marathon, if you haven't seen it already, at least watch the parts with Deena Kastor. She talks about how she dealt with her stress fracture before winning the Chicago Marathon. Water Running and cross training. Call your doc! Then you'll at least know what direction you need to go in both emmotionally and physically. Hugs and support to you!

  6. Really sorry to read this. With that perfect form in your header picture it seems like a cruel joke that you would get a stress fracture. Based on my form I'm waiting for one of my legs to simply fall off one day. Hope the healing miracle happens. Wine works wonders.

  7. OH NO! This is really shitty. :( Sorry to hear Kate. So many of my friends are injured right now and not making it to Boston or other races. Hope you get to your doc soon and hear what you already know. Thinking of you girl. In the meantime, party it up and enjoy the sunshine. And you already have a sexy little body so eat those solids!

  8. Kate my heart is breaking for you right now, I'm sorry to hear that injury potentially has derailed your training. So stinky. Call that doc and take care of yourself, letting one race go is better then permanately damaging yourself and havin to take months and months off to recover. Boston will always be there, I promise.

  9. Awe that really sucks. I hope you call your doctor. Whatever it is...treating it sooner than later will get you back running sooner. *fingers crossed for good news*

  10. damn, so sorry to hear this kate. i know nothing anyone says can make it better, but hang in there. boston will happen, if not this year than next. we all know you deserve it!

  11. So sorry about your injury. What a bummer! Wine and karaoke sounds like good replacements. Take it easy and get it sorted sooner than later.

  12. Kate you are such a pretty lady, I know you can handle yourself and make everything cool. Just keep on striving and enjoy your life. God Bless...

  13. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about your injury. That is a real bummer to miss Boston of all races. Seems like the past year for you has gone somewhat similar to me - filled with injuries, comebacks and more injuries. I also have a stress fracture right now, it is a really annoying injury. It's like a slight pain that doesn't go away. Even if you can't run Boston this year, I bet you will qualify again sometime, and be able to run it next year or the year after.

  14. Oh what a shame - but you are being smart to respect your body and not try to push through.

  15. Aw, I feel for you. Hang in there.

    My Running Shortz

  16. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this.
    Have you called the doc yet? Maybe they'll tell you it's just a bruise? (Wishful thinking?)

    PS - solid food > juice fast any day. ;)

  17. Sorry to hear about the foot injury. There's always another time to run that race. And I like your ways of expressing your denial, especially served chilled.

  18. So sorry to hear what you're going through. Hope the long weekend in PS took your mind off things.
    I've been on the injured list for a little over a year. It was heartbreaking.

  19. So sorry that you're going through this. I've made my fair share of rookie mistakes, especially running more than I should, but that doesn't make injuries like this any easier to deal with. Hopefully you at least enjoyed your three day weekend getaway!

  20. I'm so sorry Kate. I hate that a talented runner like you has to experience this. Sending you hugs.

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