I probably made one of the smartest decisions I’ve made in quite some time. You may remember I told you that my heel was giving me some issues. It was actually hurting in the area of the ankle as if my shoe had rubbed a blister. To be perfectly honest I had convinced myself that my new PureFlow 5’s had rubbed my ankle and that a blister was about to pop up but I’ve worn them for about 200 miles already so that hardly seemed likely.
In the past few months I’ve worked really hard to build my mileage up to around 150 miles a month. It’s nowhere near where I’d like to be or where I was before but I was making real progress. I was starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and really working on a solution for my migraines and it was working because I hadn’t had any other injuries or pain.
That’s where the smart decision comes in. Yesterday I went out for a six mile run. I didn’t have any real pain just an occasional tingle in the back of my ankle as I pushed off with my left foot. I wore my Brooks Glycerin 13’s instead of my PureFlow 5’s and they seemed to feel better.
Just after the fifth mile I heard a car screeching and then a loud bang. By the time I looked up to see what the car hit it was only a few feet from me. I was on my second loop so I was in front of my house which was good because I had to jump into my driveway to avoid getting hit. I was too stunned to notice that it was a neighbor from down the street and I kept running for a few hundred feet to see exactly what the car hit. Lucky for them it was only a mailbox and a small tree. I would love to say they probably learned their lesson but after finding out who it was, I highly doubt it. I’m just glad I’m still in one piece.
Anyway, I decided to end the run and go home. I walked the dogs and only then did I realize my heel felt like my shoe was rubbing it again. I took my shoes off when I got home and an hour later I noticed the back of my heel was red. I resisted the temptation to google it and called my doctor, (who coincidentally was a sprinter in college and is also a runner.)
Probable Diagnosis: Retrocalcaneal Bursitis, swelling of the bursa at the back of the heel bone. It’s closely related to Achilles Tendinitis which I’ve had before, so it made sense.
Symptoms: Pain the heel and especially when walking or running, pain rising on the toes, red warm skin on the back of your heel.
Treatment: The RICE Method. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, No running for at least a week and then slowly ease back in.
I may also need better heel support in my shoes. If it isn’t better in a week I am going to see the doctor and we’ll do whatever we need to do in order to completely heal it.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not all that bad and for the first time, I can honestly say, I don’t mind taking some time off. I’m going to work on my strength training and balance issues and I’m quite proud of myself for not continuing to run on it even though it wasn’t really all that painful. I think I’ve become a smarter runner.
If you need me, I’ll be here…
When is the last time you took some time off?
Was it because of an injury and what type of injury was it?