I am an 18 year old high school student. I have been running 50 miles weekly through the XC season, and we finished up a week or two ago. I have developed pain in my foot that started late in the XC season, and it got so bad this week I could not finish my most recent training run. I think that my shoes are worn out, and I plan to get new shoes before the race, the Seattle Marathon, which is on Sunday. I had an x ray last night and it was negative for a stress fracture. Lo Dye taping and ice helps...Do you think I can or should run in the marathon?
Hi Quinn, It sounds like you have Plantar Fasciitis.
I know it is really disappointing to have an injury keep you out of a race that you have been training so hard for. This is especially true when the injury occurs so close to the day of the race. I have a couple of thoughts for you to consider:
1. If you could complete a training run, why do you think you will be able to complete a 26 mile marathon?
2. It sounds like you really need to replace your shoes before the race, after you do, check to see if can you run pain free in them at all.
3. Are there any marathons that are coming up in future that you can run instead?
4. Treating the pain in your arch (I assume its your arch since the tape you describe helps) should include ice and NSAId's as well as rest and tape. Also, make sure to stretch your foot gently in the morning (I assume that your foot feels worse in the morning).
5. Plantar Fasciitis is worth healing up. If you damage the tissue severely, you will end up having to wear a cast boot and go non-weight bearing until you are fully recovered, and that will definitely put an end to your running for a long while.
My advice to you is to chalk this injury up to experience, and let this marathon pass. Catch the next one.