October 17, 2013

Official diagnosis: peroneal tendonitis

Give a man a fish, and he'll live for a day. Give a kid a wooden fish, and he'll put him in water. At least that's what Ezra and Creed did after Joy School on Tuesday.

So glad they put their fish in this cup of water. 

After I took the colored fish out of the first cup of water to let them dry out on the counter, I found them reimmersed in new locations.

Like in this water bottle.


And in this plastic snack bag full of water. 


They knew that fish went in water, and they knew that they had just made some sassy marker-enlivened fish. Natural conclusion: our freshly decorated Nemos need agua.

A natural conclusion that I've been battling lately is the you hurt, you rest conclusion.

Here's the sequence of events since my busted foot after the stage race.

Week 1

Rest.

Week 2

*  1 mile of run walking. Can feel the pain spot, but it's not painful (totally clear, right).

*  3 miles of run walking with Life Time Run Club. When I'm running, no pain. When I'm walking, just a hint of a niggle.


*  2 miles of running. Foot is good. Finally remember to ice it.

*  4 miles of running. Because of the endorphins, I feel like an Olympian, a very slow Olympian.

*  Rest day.

*  11 miles of running in my Hokas. My foot feels great, but I know I still need to be careful.

*  6.71 trail running miles. Everything was solid until I stepped on a pyramid-shaped rock right under my hurt spot. Iced after and realize that other parts of my body hurt much worse than the "broken" part of my foot. I take that as a good sign.

Week 3

*  Rest day.

*  4 treadmill run miles. Feeling solid. 3.28 running miles with Life Time run club. Still good. Foot starting to feel a little tired, so I ice.

*  5.31 fast-ish (for me) miles on Lakeshore Trail with my brother and our buddy. I could tell that my body is starting to forget how to run quickly. Need to work on that.

Jeff (our buddy), Jimmy (my bro), and Lisa (me!) finished running before 6:30 a.m.!

* Go to the doctor. X-ray shows no breakage, which was my worst fear. Although I know stress fractures don't always show up on the x-ray, the doctor seems confident in his no-stress-fracture verdict. He diagnoses me with peroneal tendonitis, and tells me, in summary (which is about how long our actual visit was), to take some Tylenol and call him in a month. Leave the doctor's office with the good news, and immediately go attack some speed work. Foot feels awesome, maybe because of the mental boost from the good news at the doc's office.

For now, I feel like I'm on the other side of this injury. With four weeks until the Savannah marathon, I need to put in a 20 miler this weekend, which will be like the ACT for college. If I can just get my high score on the long run test, I'm in for 26.2 next month.

What was the last thing for which you were x-rayed? Before this, I think it was my hand a few years ago when I fell down on a mossy rock at a creek. The Big Fall was immediately after yelling at my kids to be careful on the slippery rocks.

Do you take time off for injuries or push through? Depends on how bad the pain is and how scared I am that it is something serious that could cramp the longevity of my running life. Because I thought this was a possible stress fracture, I wanted to be more careful than my usual willy-nilly-ness.

Have you ever heard of peroneal tendonitis? I had not until today. But it doesn't sound as bad as, girl, that's a stress fracture so let me just strap this big ole boot on your foot for six weeks.

25 comments:

  1. I had peroneal tendonitis pre-Boston 2010. I hope yours behaves enough to get your marathon in pain-free. I've got a whole sports chiro regimen if you are interested.

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    1. Yes! Is it something you can email?

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    2. Can I get the regimen as well?? I think i have peroneal tendonitis, my ankle started being sore after a a few 15 miler weekends and and still sore. I have a marathon in 4 weeks, and really want to run, but not sure if i can run anymore long runs until the race?

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  2. I hope everything heals up quickly and you can get back into your groove. Good luck!

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  3. Sending healing vibes your way. Good luck with the 20 miler!

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  4. Glad it wasn't a fracture and hope you stay healthy! Love fish in the snack bag...too funny!

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  5. I think the last thing I had x-rayed was my teeth? I'm thankful I'm not more exciting (knock on wood). I usually take it easy if it feels like it's something I can push through while doing a smaller load. Get well soon :D

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  6. So, why does this not need rest? Says the woman who whacked her knee on the ice hard enough for everyone to hear the resounding wham across the rink and for bystanders to enquire if I was OK over three weeks ago, still is a bit bruised and a bit in pain, no doctor visit. I'm good at giving advice, though. If it still hurts when I get home in a week maybe I will call my doc.

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  7. You are seriously one of the strongest and most positive runners I know!!!! I love reading your blog - you nspire me!!! And your kids are pretty dang cute, too!!

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  8. I had peroneal tendonitis last year. I got injured in mid-April, a week before my 10-miler. I rested and still ran the race, though that did exacerbate the injury. I tried foam rolling and trigger point massage, which worked WONDERS. I PR'd at my half-marathon at the end of May. Articles and videos from the Sock Doc were particularly helpful. Good luck!

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    1. I also ran a half marathon after getting the tendoniitis a week before and I also ran on the sore ankle and got my best time. I have a marathon in 4 weeks and still have a sore ankle and not sure if I can run anymore long runs before it. I want to try but don't want to injure or damage it more. But I REALLY want to run my first marathon!!

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  9. Never heard of it, but maybe the TPTherapy Total Body kit footballer could help. I really love these products, its helped me recover from proximal hamstring strain, chondromalacia patella, and plantar fasciitis.

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  10. We runners keep finding new names for injuries. Ha ha, love it! Hope your foot is cooperating soon and you are able to bang out your 20 miles this weekend!

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  11. I had peroneal tendonitis. I got it from running on the side of the road with a large slope, for a full marathon. I got it in May 2012, and though the pain went away after a full week off, the swelling never went away. I STILL have it, it's so bizarre. Ice it after every run, weather it hurts or not, and running in a more supportive shoe until it feels better is a good idea.

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  12. I'm glad you are getting better, I hope the 20 miler is a success! I had X-rays last month for my broken hand after falling on a run. Oh well, better than a broken foot! I've run 2 marathons with the cast on, it comes off this week!

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  13. I found out I had peroneal tendonitis after running the Savannah Marathon. My outer right ankle was SO sore, but I was still able to run on it. In my case, it was due to having high arches. I ended up getting orthotics and it's helped immensely. My sister-in-law is a podiatrist and said once you have it - it never really goes away, but there are ways you can prevent it from flaring up. She gave me some anti-inflammatory cream, a brace (that is SO uncomfortable) and recommended taping it when I went on really long runs. Oh and icing it/massaging as much as possible!

    Hope you got through that 20-miler!!

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    1. Were you able to get through a marathon and the long training runs with the tendonitiis. I'm suffering from the same thing and 4 weeks away from my first marathon and REALLY want to run it!!!

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  14. Last xray was for my hip back in march which led to hella injury/surgery. Definitely learned to listen to my body. I've never heard of peroneal tendonitis...but glad you can train for savannah!!

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    1. Girl, you have been through the ringer on that one. Telling myself now, listen to your body!

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  15. Sorry you are hurting, but I'm glad to hear that it's not slowing you down too much! Hope the 20 went well!

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  16. I've had my right foot x-rayed so much it gives a smile and a toes up! ;)
    I have perineal tendonitis with my plantar fasciitis. It can be chronic so stay aware.
    I love the hokas! Not that I own any, but if I do more trail running I want some!

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  17. I think I've got it. Only not only can I not run a week and a half after the injury (acute injury but done by ramping up my mileage way too much too quickly) I cannot walk without limping and my calf becoming exhausted from trying to compensate. Very frustrated. I'm thinking of giving up running (I'm a sprinter) for the summer and joining a bike club.

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