A few weeks ago, I described the conundrum of my right foot, and the bump on my heel that I have variously blamed on different pieces of footwear. This bump – and the discomfort that goes with it – has put a serious cramp in my marathon training, and finding things to blame it on has become a small obsession of mine, while I’ve been waiting for some kind of helpful diagnosis. At long last, I have seen Dr. Sports Medicine, and he delivered his verdict. The bump is an inflamed bursa sac that is caused by overuse or extreme stress on the heel. This can come from any number of things, depending on the circumstances. In my case? The guilty party is … (I bet the anticipation is killing you) … my hockey skates. However, running was also identified as an achilles-tendonitis-causing accomplice. The good news? A bit of physiotherapy and some modifications to my skates should fix me up. And I can still wear my girlie shoes at work. The bad news? I’m really behind on my training. Like, seriously.
So it’s time to get serious. Time to lace up my shoes, and start putting on the mileage. Slow and steady, just like I said before, but mileage. It starts this week, in between physio appointments, and I’ll share all the gory details here. That way, if I slack off, you’ll know. And one of you out there will send me a message saying, “Hey, what’s going on over there – don’t you have a marathon to go train for?”
Wish me luck! Cheers 🙂