50k training update – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Hi there!

You’re probably wondering why I’m giving you a random midweek update on my 50k training.

You might even be wondering what happened to Tasty Tuesday and Wine Wednesday this week.

Well, I’ll tell ya.

Monday started off bright and early at the track.


the good

I  had 800s on my schedule – 6 of them at 3:34 pace to be exact – and I was ready to go.

I loosened up per my norm and jogged a mile for warm up.

Then, I got started.

About 600-650m into the first 800, my right foot started to hurt.

Like OW.

I finished out my 800 and tried to walk it out.

Still OW.

Sat down, took my shoe off, massaged my foot a little.

More OW.

The top of my foot hurt and when I massaged, it didn’t feel good.

Put my shoe back on and tried to walk it out some more.


It hurt when I flexed my foot or during the “push off” part of walking.

Can’t run if it hurts to do that.

It was still really early – I didn’t have to be at work for about 2 hours still- so I went inside and hopped on a spin bike.

It didn’t hurt my foot. 🙂


the bad (it’s not running)

But, it wasn’t satisfying. :/

I hobbled into the locker room and started to get ready to head to work.

Yes, hobbled.

After my shower, I noticed that the top of my right foot just above my 2nd and 3rd toe was starting to swell.

And might have a little discoloration going on.

Is that a bruise?!


the ugly. Hey, I warned you!

That’s not good.

Localized pain, swelling, possible bruising, feels better when I’m not using it and worse when I am – my immediate thought was stress fracture.


I got to work and immediately called my doctor’s office.

By some miracle, she had an opening in just a couple of hours and I took it.

She sent me for x-rays and put in a consult for orthopedics.

Um, can I just pause here and say that I had the x-rays done IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT and that they are digital images so I got to see them IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY WERE TAKEN!!!

If you’re familiar with military medicine, you know it NEVER works that way if you’re using a military clinic/hospital.

It gets even better.

My x-rays were read by the radiologist THE SAME DAY and my doctor communicated the results with me THE SAME DAY!!!

The results?

Well, no visible fracture (I expected that. Stress fractures don’t show up on x-rays until the healing process has started.), I still have that heel spur (dammit!), and I have arthritis near my big toe (news to me!).

Of course, Monday was also scheduled to be a double and the WOD was running. #karma

I did go to CrossFit. I did not run.

We started with bench press and strict pull ups (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and I wanted to do those.

The worst part was walking back and forth between the bench press and the pull up rig.

Admittedly, I probably should have skipped it but …. I never said I was smart.

I haven’t been back though.

Emailed coach and let him know what was going on.

I just learned about an hour ago that Tricare approved my referral to orthopedics and the clinic should be calling me to schedule an appointment.

They have until noon tomorrow before I start calling and pushing the process along. 🙂

Oh, and my a/c went out at home.

The guy came out and fixed it on Tuesday. #bliss

Apparently, someone “harry homeownered” the capacitor and put in a smaller than required one. He said he’s surprised it didn’t blow the whole generator!

My first thought? The flux capacitor wasn’t working?!?!?


But, he changed it out and we’re not sweating anymore so life, on that front, is good.

As for my foot, though…… 😦

I’m not sure what this means for my 50k.

Or my future in running in general.

Maybe it’s a sign.

Hopefully I get into orthopedics soon and they do an MRI or a bone scan to see for sure if it’s a stress fracture.

The sooner I know, the sooner I can start the proper healing process.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m still hobbling around – I try to walk with my right foot as flat as possible – but the swelling has gone down some.

le sigh

Talk to me: Have you ever had a stress fracture in your foot?  Do you believe in signs? If you could travel back in time, would you? Where would you go?

8 thoughts on “50k training update – the good, the bad, and the ugly

  1. I believe in common sense. Please, seat your rear on the couch and don’t do any exercise until you know what it is with your foot. Please.
    I hope it’s nothing serious.

    • I’m resting it. Not even going to CrossFit this week. Next week, I might start going just to do upper body and core work. No running, jumping, or anything like that until I know. Bah!

    • I’m so frustrated by it. I was doing everything right or so I thought. I’m certainly not guilty of over-training or jumping into it too quickly. I’m going to blame it on that hard concrete track. I feel better if I can’t point fingers! Lol

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