i got to the doc a little before my appointment time, filled out some paperwork and waited. they called me back and i saw a nurse then waited about ten minutes for the doctor to come in. we chatted a bit, he asked me about my pain level, felt around my foot a little bit and then ordered an x-ray. i waited kind of a long time for the x-ray but it came back really quickly so overall the whole appointment was probably only about 45 minutes. as for my x-ray...it looked like this:
my doc read the x-rays with me and told me that it's not a stress fracture (YAY!), though he said he knew that pretty much right away based on where my pain was. i do have an inflamed joint in my first metatarsal (aka my big toe) that he said is likely due to "running so much". he prescribed me some steroids to take for six days to deal with the inflammation and told me two weeks off workouts should get me back to normal. my cvs didn't have the meds in stock so i'll be picking those up and starting them tomorrow. if i know anything about how steroids work, i imagine that this two weeks off will be counteracted by the juice and i'll be super buff come the end of february. right? that's sound science.
as for how i'm feeling...it's a week longer than i was hoping for but several weeks shorter than i was dreading. am i a little mopey? sure. i don't run super high mileage weeks, there are so many people who run more than i do that don't have injuries, but at the end of the day this is so much better than it could have been. it's not actually as hard to rest as i thought it would be especially now that it's on a doctor's orders. i'm genuinely glad that something was wrong - this means i can deal with it and move on. i'm going to stick with my plan to not do a damn thing this entire week but next week i'm planning on doing a few arm workouts because i genuinely love working out my upper body.
thanks again for all of your support - you guys are the best. i'm still probably going to ignore the blog world for a bit - i'm too jealous of everyone else's runs and such so don't mind a little absence. i still love you all!