Hey guys, my first half marathon is THIS Saturday, and since my long run last week, I've had this pain on the outside edge of my right foot. It seems to hurt more when I walk, which is weird, as opposed to when I jog down the hallway. I've had this same pain before when I first started training, and I thought it was from running on uneven ground. It's in the same foot, and that time the pain lasted a couple of weeks :/ I have been icing and taking ibuprofen, and trying to stay off of it as much as possible, but it is getting down to the wire, and I'm so worried that I won't be able to finish the half. From researching online, it's hard to pin point what this pain is... My question is: do I still go for it?? I've avoided doing any small runs this week, like I know I'm supposed to do, but will that have a negative effect on my race?/
I asked something similar in this forum a while ago and was given very good advice: First your health, then races. Should you not be able to run this saturday there will be other races. Now your preparation for the half marathon is already done so your first HM can wait a couple of weeks if your body has some problem.
I would start by seeing a doctor or physiotherapist, as you say you are already taking painkillers, the pain must be somewhat serious. After getting this professional oppinion, you will be able to make an informed decision about wheteher or not you should try to run the HM next saturday. In some cases, pain comes from minor problems and you can "run through it", but in others, ignoring it might lead to making wathever problem is causing it worse.
I wish you a speedy recovery and lots and lots of miles afterwards.
5k: 20:12 (December 31st 2012)
10k : 44:30 (November 6th 2011, March 18th 2012)
Half Marathon: 1:35:27 (February 3rd 2013)
I like half marathons! Seven completed so far and trying to get back on optimal shape to improve my PB. Once I complete my 10h half I will start thinking about full marathons.
Thanks for the advice. It is actually feeling a bit better today, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed it improves all the way after 2 more days of rest. Is it detrimental if i dont run at all the week before the half? I was thinking about doing the stationary bike tonight.