4:25pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
By Andrea Collitt
A WOMAN ran 18 marathons without realising she had broken a bone in her foot.
Vicki Weitz, of Halstead, challenged herself to run 26 marathons in 26 days, during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She said: “I found out since I got back I had got a broken foot.
“I knew on the 24th mile of the eighth marathon it went from not hurting to hurting.
“There was quite a sharp pain that felt like a nail in my foot. But I have never broken a bone before and didn’t know what it feels like.”
Vicki, 38, went to see her physiotherapist that evening who diagnosed a swollen tendon.
“Each day he would get rid of the swelling and strapped it up.
“He advised me to run differently so I had to change my style quite a bit.
“On the ninth morning I couldn’t put any weight on it and how was I going to run a marathon?
“That was the toughest day, I couldn’t even step but I still just thought it was a problem with the tendon,” she added.
A week after returning from the challenge - which she completed - Vicki visited Alasdair Jones at Colchester Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, who suspected the foot might be broken.
Vicki was advised to go for an x-ray which revealed the break in her right foot and she has since been given a “moon boot” to wear while it heals.
Vicki will not be able to run for three months.
Speaking about her ignorance of the injury, Vicki added: “I was amazed in the way the body does adapt.”
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