I cannot walk.
Last night I ran the Longest Day 5 km. I did not run as well as I had wanted and I also managed to damage my heel beyond what I was anticipating. I am now on an injury timeout.
The race itself went out very fast as happened last year. I did not run hard from the gun but rather decided to work myself into the race. I ran hard through 3 km and then tried to push the pace with 2 km to go. Unfortunately I did not commit to the effort and thus wound up in 6th, one spot out of money. I was a bit disappointed after the race with my effort but I did run faster then I thought I was going to run.
Of major concern is the condition of my foot today. I cannot put any weight through my heel on the right side. I have an awkward gait where I have a weird toe/half foot hobble. Towards the end of the race a competitor fell in front of me and I had to jump to avoid going down. In the process of avoiding the fellow runner I managed to crunch my heel to further compound my injury. I cannot run today as I can barely even walk.
My heel is injured beyond anything I can run through any more. I cannot rationalize training on a foot when I cannot walk or sit without pain. This morning when I woke up and was lying in bed I postponed getting up due to the pain. I am going to take a week off running and maybe more if the pain does not resolve.
I am a bit gutted now that I am injured and cannot run. I have not been injured seriously in quite a few years. I have been very lucky to have been able to run hard for a few years with many personal bests and no serious injury. I will take the next month to rest my running body and try and get stronger for the fall.