After Fire on the Mountain, I took an entire week off running to hopefully completely heal whatever is going on with my foot. A week, as in 7 days, not 3 or 4 which is typically how I've defined 'a week off' in the past. By Wednesday, I'll admit I was itching to run but continued to hold off. This week rolled around and I pretty much knew there was still something going on with the foot, but decided to try a short run again. It's certainly not any worse but I can't say it's a whole heck of a lot better either.
I tend to be fairly anti-doctor all the way around. I tend to think most people go rushing off to the doctor way too prematurely. And, in my experience, even if I go to the doctor, I likely won't do whatever they tell me, won't take whatever medicine they prescribe and won't end up at whatever next appointment they suggest. I end up wasting a bunch of time and come out frustrated.
However, since I've been dealing with the whole foot problem for more than a month, I'm starting to accept the fact that there might be something else going on. The pain I have is in the ball of my left foot. I've actually had this once before. Same foot, exact same pain. It happened during a race I was doing as a way to get a long run in when I was getting ready for the Pittsburgh Marathon. That time, it went completely away in a few days and I got through the marathon plus an entire summer of running with absolutely no problems.
This time around, it started right after Megatransect. I thought the week off (4 days) took care of it, but I was in pretty bad pain by the end of Ragnar. I tried the whole rest and take it easy for the rest of the month just to get me through Fire on the Mountain.
This week, I decided to accept the fact there is something wrong and actually break my no doctor policy. First, I reviewed my insurance to see how it works. I'm not kidding when I say I don't really go to the doctor. I go once a year for the whole routine physical/womanly check stuff thing but that's it. After confirming that I can go to whatever doctor or specialist I want, I decided to make an appointment to see a podiatrist. My decision for which office to go to was easy. Pick the one that sponsors local races since you know the people there run.
So, I'll see what they have to say tomorrow and go from there. That's why it's a little quiet around here again!
On a positive note, I'm really looking forward to hanging out at the JFK 50 Miler this weekend, playing spectator and support crew. Good luck to all those running!