Hi! I know some of you are NOT training for the half (kinda like me right now), but I wanted to check in for some much needed moral support.
After a lot of research, I think I figured out what my injury is!
“Turf toe can occur as the result of a poor runner’s gait, specifically when the athlete begins his or her run. When a person gets turf toe, he or she has been repeatedly jamming the big toe into the ground during push-off. Without rest, turf toe can become a chronic condition and create an arthritic calcification. Orthotic shoes and anti-inflammatories can also ease turf toe symptoms. An athlete with repeated turf toe problems may wish to see a running coach for corrective exercises.” ~livestrong website
I could be wrong of course, but it’s not a bunion, it’s just below that region and it feels like a calcification to the touch. It hasn’t bothered me while running, just while putting on shoes or sitting cross legged or going up on my tip toes. I have run all of 1 mile since discovering my condition and I concentrated on using a fuller foot, better gait, so that it is not totally focused on my big toe.
I am still struggling with my sinuses and lungs (coughing), but my energy is getting better. I’m going to try for 3 miles on Wednesday (might try to sneak in a mile tomorrow.) I am scheduled to run 12 on Saturday and I just can’t say if my upper respiratory will be ready, but my mind and body (besides the turf toe) are dying to get back to the training.
I can only say I am so glad I remained so disciplined up to the 10 miles on the 4th of March when my immune system just gave out on me. I have learned so much from the training to that point, and hopefully I’ll be back in the game and well enough (turf toe or not) by April 2!