And unfortunately no…not because I want to.
The injury fairy has struck again.
Not great about it, Injury Fairy. Thanks for asking. I hate you.
A couple weeks ago I noticed some pain in my right knee that started after a particularly hard speed work session. I kind of figured it was runner’s knee and cut back on my mileage, but still ran as much as I could without pain. Then some pain/tightness migrated into my shin. I kind of figured it was a shin splint, taped the hell out of it, and continued to keep my mileage low. Then last week I started having some numbness in my second toe which – even with my mileage waning to practically nothing – quickly progressed to a sharp, stabbing pain so intense that I felt as if I was being electrocuted. I never knew when it’s going to hit and when it did it was sometimes bad enough that I almost threw up.
Obviously it was time to see a doctor.
I called my awesome chiropractor, Dr. Dave, and he was able to fit me in for an appointment yesterday morning. Dr. Dave rocks. He asked me about my symptoms and I described the painful timeline of events, plus told him what I thought the problem might be because I had started doing a little research on my own. He grabbed an anatomy book off the shelf and opened to the correct page without even looking for it. It was like magic. The page showed an illustration of a leg and foot with all the tendons, muscles, and nerves exposed. He pointed to one of the big nerves that ran down into the foot and confirmed what I had been suspecting:
And in case you don’t know what that is, basically it’s a pinched nerve. The tricky part here was figuring out where it was pinched. Because I had also been experiencing the shin and knee pain, the likely story was that it had originated further up my leg and not in my foot, or even in my lower back and I just didn’t realize it. And there I was feeling like a dumbass because DUH…of course all those pains were related to one another.
I never claimed to be the sharpest crayon in the box.
Anyway, after checking out my range of motion and doing some tests to see where I could feel any kind of sensation vs. total numbness, Dr. Dave decided that the problem area is located in the upper part of my right calf. I got my back adjusted anyway which was fine by me because I love having my back adjusted. Then I had an ultrasound treatment on my leg and I was asked to flex and point my foot in a whole bunch of ways as he pushed on my toes. The pain was EXCRUCIATING, but after a few minutes of massaging my calf muscle, it let up a little. I asked how long it takes for a pinched nerve to heal and he told me 6 weeks.
My reaction was pretty much exactly what Ariel is doing up there in that gif.
BUT then he said that the majority of the healing takes place within the first couple weeks and the rest of it is just cleaning up the remainder of the problem. Okay. That I can handle.
So yeah…no running for probably two weeks at least. I can bike as long as I don’t have pain, I can do yoga, and I can strength train as normal. Unfortunately none of those things are running.
I’m feeling a little differently about this break than I was about the other one I was forced into at the beginning of the year though. More optimistic, I guess. I know if I’m patient and keep up with my appointments with Dr. Dave, this will get fixed and I will still have plenty of time to train for Baltimore if I don’t keep aggravating the injury. In the grand scheme of things 2 weeks is not such a long time. I didn’t really take any time off after Bob Potts so I’m overdue for a break anyway.
Maybe I should enjoy this opportunity to drink wine, relax, and sleep in a little bit on Saturdays because once I’m healed up there are going to be a lot of long runs in my future.
Until then…more opportunities to wear my PR Soles with my work clothes.
Have you ever had a pinched nerve? (IT HURTS!!)