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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Injury Update - YES The Doctor Told Me To

Just wanted to give a quick update for anyone who might not have already heard. I went last week for a follow-up. I was actually in a lot of pain, as much pain as when the injury began. The x-ray did not show any fractures, BUT I was told that I could still have a fracture. I will need a bone scan or MRI to completely rule out any fractures. What did show up, however,
was a lot and I mean A LOT of arthritis where I am having pain.

The podiatrist told me that it would have been better to have been fractures as those will heal. Arthritis well..... it won't heal. He told me that I would probably always have pain. I opted for 1 cortisone shot since the area was so bad inflamed and swollen.

For the last two days the pain has been intense - and when I say intense - I mean intense. I haven't been able to put weight on my foot without flinching. Finally the reaction from the shot is settling down.

I have this nice audible click every time that I move my foot now (insert eyeroll).

But, I was actually told to come out of the boot on Monday and go for a run. He told me it was going to hurt anyway (sigh).  Running and high impact will not damage the joint, but it will increase the rate in which the damage will happen. Does that make sense?

Will I continue to run? Yes, that's my plan. But that being said, fitness and overall health (including nutrition) will be my overall goal.

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I normally ran 3 days a week. I'm thinking for awhile at least I will cut that down to 1 to 2 days a week (depending on pain) and increase non-impact cardio. (My goal is to be able to consistently run 2 days a week - occasionally 3 depending on symptoms) Basically, biking, elliptical, rowing, swimming and low impact cardio will be a larger part of my life. In addition to this, I plan to do some type of YOGA daily. Why? Because with arthritis MOVEMENT is super important, and so is flexibility.

Was I upset to hear about and actually see all of the arthritis? YES. And to not have pain one day and then have such pain that standing is difficult makes me wonder if I do indeed still have a stress fracture. At this point, I'm not planning on having additional tests until I see what happens over the next few days/weeks etc.

But I was TOLD by my podiatrist (which I trust) to MOVE to RUN (with the disclaimer of the higher the impact the faster the joint could be damaged) and to STAY ACTIVE. He said I'm not going to tell you not to run. In fact, I would take the boot off on Monday and go for an easy run and see what happens.

I'm not sure I'm ready to run just yet. I'm actually a little scared. The pain is there with just walking. I still have swelling.  But I'm determined to tackle my new normal.

Honestly, this has lit a fire under me to focus on my overall health and nutrition.

It's a new chapter.

Stay tuned....

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Comments

  1. Years ago when I talked to my doctor about the arthritis in my knee, we discussed the effects of running and arthritis. He told me someone with the amount of arthritis I have who was inactive would probably have to use a cane to walk at times, but the fact that I stayed active was very beneficial and allowed me to continue being active. So yes, I understand your doc telling you to try running. My doc said to be sensible and know when to ice or take it easy, but to never stop TRYING to keep moving! On the other hand-there was the doc who called me an "old used car with limited mileage left" and inquired as to whether I wanted to waste that mileage running another marathon.....

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    1. UGH to the dr who compared you to an old used car... And yeah, I'm going to have to listen to my body and know when to keep pushing and when to back off. Thanks for reading!

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  2. Pam, I ditto your remarks. And Amy I feel your pain. Last summer I had a lot of pain in my knee, I thought for sure I had torn something. When that was clear I was happy but then it ended up being arthritis, minimal cartilage left, etc. I was feeling like a tear would've been able to heal and get corrected. anyway, doc says "you have bad knees". One told me to stop running, but a second said to keep moving and learn to "manage" my bad knees which for me (mileage junkie!!) has meant lower mileage, lots of biking, etc. But I'm doing well with the transition and running a few times a week. It's just been a big adjustment. Hang in there girls! Let's keep moving and cheering each other on!

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  3. UGH to all that pain! Thankfully, I do not have arthritis (yet), but there hasn't really been a family history of it, so I'm not too concerned (yet). Then again, no one in my extended family has ever run marathons LOL When I had the bursitis (before I knew it was a staph infection), I got a very distinct taste of what arthritis must feel like, though. I could not bend my knee much, and it hurt whenever I attempted to do so. I'm thinking of you, and hoping you have better days ;-) I LOVE that Never Give Up sign ;-)

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  4. This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I
    havee found something that helped me. Kudos!

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