I'm crossing my fingers, eyes, toes and whatever appendages I can that the foot pain I felt last Wednesday was just that I overdid it by doing my long runs so close together, rather than a repeat performance of last year's epic marathon fail. The good news is that I went to see my physio on Monday and after hearing my tale of woe which I described in sordid detail, she feels that it's probably just overuse...I was able to run on it during the weekend and not feel any pain, and it didn't get any worse. And I'm being proactive, rather than reactive like I was last year, and seeing her when I was already in trouble and in a lot of pain. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac right now though I gotta admit...every slight twinge in my foot and I'm freaking out in my mind that this is it, this is the end of Marathon Quest 2011, blah blah blah. Sigh.
Anyways, my physio did her usual review of how I was moving and said that overall, I was actually pretty good but could feel that I was really tight in my hip flexors, which was pulling my leg inward and causing a lot of muscle tightness. As per usual, the needles came out...I always have to psyche myself up for each IMS session because it hurts like stink, but this time I actually was looking forward to the pain because I knew it would help. It was amazing...one needle that she did in in my thigh resulted in a cramping/muscle twitch that went all the way down my leg and to the side of my foot where I was feeling the pain. I'm hoping that this will help release the tightness so I can get the proper range of motion back. Short run early tomorrow morning with Hubs, which will be good to test out how it's feeling...and then 29K this weekend. Wish me (and my foot!) luck! I'm thinking positive thoughts going forward...Marathon Quest 2011 is on!