Easier than I even intended, to be perfectly honest.
So I'm a little annoyed that the top of my right foot is hurting. Since I dealt with a femoral neck fracture last year, I always get a little anxious when I feel any sort of ache. I looked at my training log and felt confident that I didn't overdo it leading up to Chicago. Then, I haven't ran more than 10 miles a week in the 3 weeks since, so it stands to reason there's VERY little chance I've overdone it since. The first week after I only ran 3 miles!
I intended to run more, but in the end I felt more comfortable going a bit more conservatively. Sure I'm signed up to run a December marathon, but I have no intentions of trying to push myself too terribly much at that one. I kind of just want to do it for fun and to get another marathon under my belt this year. So I don't mind continuing to be conservative in training as I get ready for it.
It hit me though. I wore high heels three days in a row this past week. One night I was even in some pretty tall stiletto boots and walked around a good bit in them. Since I'm unemployed, I haven't exactly been wearing heels like at all lately, so I think that maybe I must have done something one of those three nights.
It still hasn't kept me from googling. And oh how we runners know that googling injuries is both a blessing and a curse. The good news is that where the ache is found indicates that there's very little chance it's a fracture. Plus, it's not a sharp pain like a fracture would be. It's more likely that I have strained or pulled a muscle in my foot.
I ran 9 miles today, and I would kind of notice a dull ache every now and then. For the most part, I didn't notice it at all. It's been more noticeable this evening. So I imagine that it's a good sign I didn't feel much WHILE running. Plus, it's not really pain... it's just an ache. So that's good, too.
Nonetheless, I'm going to take it easy this week. I'm icing it and trying to stay off my feet and get plenty of rest. I'll try running again this weekend because the way I see it, it's most important that I get my long runs in.
It's just kind of annoying. I'm in a really good shape right now and had been loving it that I had been running again for so long without any issues. Having anything bothering me is such a pain in the butt!