Issue A - right ankle
Issue B - left arch
Issue C - top of left foot
I'm pretty sure Issues A and B are connected, because I had this flare up last November after I pushed myself by walking a 5K Turkey Trot race too quickly after ankle surgery; I gave myself tendonitis in the left foot by overcompensating for the right ankle pain. This feels like the same kind of pain. And yes, I'm disappointed to report that my ankle has been hurting once again - I've been trying to ignore it, but during our last 7 mile long run, I stepped on an uneven ridge of concrete, felt a jolt of pain shoot through my ankle, and it's been tender ever since. I've been icing it and downing Motrin like no one's business, but it's still hurting more than it has been in quite a while.
Issue C, the top of my left foot, which has previously been tender, is now alive with hurt. After Saturday's 8 miler (which went great - most of this pain cropped up once I stopped running), it was really bothering me. Between the arch pain and the top of the foot pain, my left foot was not a happy camper...and neither was I.
Plus, to add to all of this, there is also Issue D. My wrists have been aching quite a bit ever since last week, when I worked on (and finished) my throw...a lot of yarn weight on large needles combined with hours of knitting contributed to this. I have a touch of arthritis in my wrists, and every once in a while certain activities will really cause them to hurt (e.g. push ups, heavy cooking days (like Thanksgiving), reading a heavy book for hours on end...). The only thing that helps is for me to give them a rest from the offending activity. Which, really?? No knitting? Come ON!
So yes, I'm aggravated. With the ongoing, underlying, always-lurking-ankle-issue, I try to keep in mind a paragraph I read in the book Duel in the Sun (I bolded the part that really hit me):
Every runner has their issues. When I see a runner, I see just that - a runner. I don't see their pain - the knee that's bothering them, or the IT band that's hurting, or the heel that is sending up jolts of pain with each step. But very few people can run for a long time without some injury flaring up - it's the nature of the sport. I know it sounds insane to choose to do something that causes pain and injury; it's a hard thing to explain to non-runners. I'm not asking for sympathy - after all, I could stop a lot of my pain if I just stopped running - so therefore, I'm in control of this mess. But I LIKE running. I really do. I've followed a training plan, I've not pushed myself beyond what is recommended, and still, things are starting to go downhill. Which brings me to my aggravated state today...one in which I will not run, I will not knit, I will simply try to rest and heal. To which I say, can't I just get a break over here?!?"Since he'd slipped on the ice while training a few years ago, Beardsley's right knee had been suspect. All runners, however, had their own version of that knee, their own particular trouble. Most aches healed, but there was always one that you carried from town to town, race to race, year to year, that you just hope and prayed and worked desperately to conceal."