Feb 13

We Interrupt the Previously Scheduled Training…

Warning: Ugly foot picture below.

Just my luck.  The cold weather finally breaks with a heat wave of mid-30’s* (possibly even 40*) and I’m on the injured reserve list.  And not even with a cool injury that would leave me with a scar to tell stories about.  Instead, I was tripped by our dog.  Yep.  Real macho.  I was hurrying down the hallway and the puppy, who is happiest when underfoot, got tangled up in my legs, tripped me, sending me flailing foot first into the heat register. 

The aforementioned events went down on Friday night.  Afterwards, my foot didn’t look that bad and was just painful.  I had just finished an hour on the trainer and was planning on joining Jennie on her run.  She had to forcefully tell me that, no, I was not going to run with her.  Despite having stubbornly already changed into running clothes and was hobbling around to find my running shoes, I relented and began to ice it.  I secretly hoped that a good night’s rest would be the cure and I would wake up ready to tackle my scheduled 20 miler.

Photo Feb 12, 8 43 43 AM
Yes, it hurts like hell.  And yes, I know my feet are disgusting. 
Thank you everyone on FB for point that out.

Yep, a little optimistic on my part. Instead of being magically cured with a good night’s rest, this is what I woke up to on Saturday morning.  No running for me.  I could barely walk.  It wasn’t so much the pain*, but the fact that it was so swollen I couldn’t walk properly let alone fit it in a shoe.  I am fairly certain that it isn’t broken, just very badly stubbed.  From what I read, they really don’t do anything for broken toes anyways other than tape them together.

I spent most of Saturday sitting on my butt with my foot up and iced.  It felt good to relax, but at the same time I kept thinking about the run I was missing.  The run was going to be my mental test to see if I was going to sign up for the Glass City Marathon in April or not.  With that test delayed, I’m wasn’t sure if I’d do spring marathon as planned.  The earliest I could see myself being able to handle 20 miles is two weeks. 

It is Sunday now and the foot is looking and feeling much better already. Still nowhere near run ready, but it is leaving me more optimistic than I was on Saturday.

I’m going to take it easy all week – swimming and core work only**.  I may try and get an hour or two in on the bike at the end of the week assuming the swelling goes down enough to get my foot in my bike shoes.  With my luck, the bike shop is going to finally call to let me know my P2 is in stock.

Better now than in August or September is what I keep telling myself.

*Ok, yes it was the pain.
**At least this is what I tell myself now…

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  1. Lisa

    stupid toe! hope it feels better soon.

  2. Mandy

    Ugh. So sorry, I hope you get better soon. Dog injuries, they are always the worst. My Bailey was chasing another dog and ran into me one time when I was walking with a beer can (unfortunately only my first beer, it might have hurt less if it was like #6) and I went flying in the air (he was running really fast) and landed face first – on my beer can. That was pretty, let me tell you.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      OMG! That sounds awful! It totally sounds like a classic Mandy story though. 🙂

  3. Jessica

    Dude that stinks! I wish you SUPER SPEEDY recovery!

  4. Jen

    Wowzers! Stubbing toes is the absolute worst!!! Take care of that foot…I’m sure you’ll resume training without skipping a beat!

  5. Jeff

    That sucks dude. When reading this I was thinking, “His P2 is so coming in tomorrow!” … You can still bike with really thick socks!!!

    Here is the real issue of why this happened: A heat register — if you lived down South you wouldn’t even have one of these dreaded contraptions in your house!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      So you don’t have any heating period? What about when it gets cold? Like down into the 50’s? Do you just huddle under blankets and start burning your furniture?

      And besides, the heating/cooling uses the same registers, so would you feel better if I said that it was the AC register? haha.

  6. Kristin

    Ouch, that totally blows! You’re doing the right thing. It would be better to have a couple easy weeks now than nurse an injury all season that could blow up right before your race, not that I know anyone that’s happened to… and I’m not still bitter! 😉 Get better soon. Ice, elevation and tons of swim and core and your body will thank you.

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      You can’t be bitter…. you have one of the greatest comeback stories ever! I am already feeling tons better, but I am going to take your advice and continue to rest it all week so that it doesn’t creep back up on me.

  7. Jon

    I can’t tell if its from my computer screen or strange lighting, but is that black and blue bruising on the right side of your foot with puffiness? OUCH!

    Hope the swelling goes down soon!

    If it never goes down and for some reason your company can’t handle folks with big puffy feet, “The Hobbit” is starting filming in the next month or so and they might need foot extras for Hobbits…..just saying in case you need to keep your options open 😉

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Ha… Ha… Ha… 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestion, but I think I am above the height requirement allowed for hobbits. You on the other hand…. 😛

  8. Matt Smith

    Man, that sucks! Sorry about your painful foot. But, you’re puppy is sure cute, so you can’t be too mad at him. 😉 Good luck with the healing process. I hope it gets better soon.

  9. Lyndsay Kate

    Remember that comment you made about dogs being smarter? Gabby said you can take that back now. feel better soon kevin michael.

  10. lindsay

    yikes. that’s enlarged. and hairy. hope your foot loses some weight soon.

    josh really liked your comment. he continues to remind me of it.

  11. Morgan

    Dude that is EPIC!!!! Holy crap!!! Rest up and keep on icing that monstrosity! Spike says he feels your pain! 🙁

  12. Scott

    Is the dog ok?

    That just sucks! You probably wont be able to press down on the trainer either, it will hurt. Swim and lift, as encouraging words to look at the better side of it.

  13. Matt Oravec


    Give it a good 2 weeks before you go out long on it. Play it safe, off season is for being SAFE.

    Love the dogs. Frankie was trying to jump over something and scratched H’s eye the other night, ripped her contact in half.

    The things we do for the pups 🙁

  14. Derek

    aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh no good
    but at least its an injury that will get better quick


  15. Spike

    Ouch! Red showed met he picture and I felt sooo bad for you. Do you know if you broke anything or not? I hope not!

    Rest up my friend!

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Us runners are a strange breed. You have Red excising your blisters for you and showing you disgusting pictures on the Internet – “Hey Spike, come look at this disgusting picture of a foot” haha.

      I never went to the doctor, but I am fairly certain it is not broken. It is a lot better today. Still not very pretty but hardly any pain. I’m staying off of it running-wise until a 5k on Saturday where I am going to take easy and run with Jennie.

      Take care!

  16. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    Ouch! That looks sooo painful!

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