First, to answer the question you're all wondering: Yes, this was absolutely a barefoot running related injury. This would not have happened if I was wearing shoes.
As far as I can tell, this actually happened October 23rd in the Run LikeHell 5K. I distinctly recall coming down too hard on a sharp rock (either a loose piece of gravel or the horrendous Naito Parkway paving), leaving a bruise right under the 2nd metatarsal on my right foot. I went to the doctor. Twice. And neither time did they suspect more than a deep bruise. I was told to take it easy, that I could still run (first one said as is, second recommended a more cushioned, supportive shoe), and to just cut back on mileage. Did all that, and it never got better.
so this week I called the HMO and pushed for an appointment for another opinion. New doc was great and immediately decided to treat for stress fracture despite the fact that the x-ray didn't show anything (Stress fractures often don't show in x-rays). He was dismayed no one else had put me in a boot and got a little concerned at that point. So I got the boot and bonus crutches, with orders to put no weight on the foot. Awesome. I also got a referral to podiatry (they're going to LOVE the barefoot running bit) to further investigate the injury and determine if it's a stress fracture or something else. As it stands I'm in the boot for six weeks at least, and crutches until I get into Podiatry (at a minimum).
I'm so excited I can hardly stand. Ha. I crack myself up.
Chill, bro. I'll give your boot back when I'm done