What A Runner Never Wants To Hear…

Song of the Post: “Bicycle Race” by Queen

I have been struggling with heel pain off and on the past two weeks but was finally starting to feel better on Thursday and Friday. I decided to attempt a run on Saturday morning and didn’t even make it 100 meters before the heel pain started again. I immediately ended the run and walked back home. I used to always push through the pain when I was younger and soccer was my main sport but I have realized that with long distance running that is not what you want to do…unless it is during a race of course. I had a few errands to run later in the day which involved a decent amount of walking and by the end of the day not only was my heel hurting again, my arch was hurting as well. I decided it was time to call the doctor.

I called in on Monday morning to find that my primary physician was out on vacation for the entire week so I would have to see the other doctor in the office. I was able to finally see him Wednesday afternoon. He informed me that I indeed had plantar fasciitis and I will have to stop running for at least 2-3 weeks. Just what a runner wants to hear. He advised that I will need to do three things: take ibuprofen, stretch, and…rest. 😦 I would even have to make sure I didn’t walk to much. However he did say I could do some cross training like biking, elliptical workout, etc. so I will be able to still move.

Needless to say I won’t be running the Air Force Marathon this year and seriously considering changing from the Columbus Marathon to the Columbus Half Marathon. It is a little odd…I am not that upset about not being able to run the actual marathons or the money I “lost”…I am more upset about not being able to just run. My mood is so much better, I sleep better and I feel like I have accomplished more in my day when I am running regularly in the mornings. Hopefully these weeks go by quickly and I will heal. Guess the next few weeks will be filled with biking and maybe some swimming. My friend Barb will be excited to hear this as she has been trying to convince me to start getting into triathlons as well. I will admit I have been giving it some serious thought. Guess we will see!

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Run/Walk Your Next Marathon?

Song Of The Post: “Walk On” by U2

I’ve had very little pain yesterday and today so it appears like my right heel is slowly getting better. I am still going to hold off a few days before I attempt another run to make sure everything is healing and not to re-injure it. I have been biking some days to keep me moving and hopefully keep my endurance up.  Since my heel appears to be getting better I am starting to feel that I will be able to at least run the Air Force Marathon on September 17th. However I am still thinking I will not be able to finish under the 4 hour mark like I have been shooting for but I guess only time will tell.

I happened upon an article earlier today that was talking about runners who have different goals for their upcoming marathon. They had the typical first timer who’s main goal is just to finish, the runner who wants to qualify for Boston, the runner who wants to be injury free and the last one was a runner who wants to run/walk a PR.  I have heard of the run/walk method before and it still baffles me. During my first marathon I did walk a few times because I either needed to stretch out a cramping muscle or I just wanted to make sure I was able to drink all the water I needed at the next hydration station. However, it was very hard for me to get moving again and I was usually in more pain for at least the next quarter mile then I was before I stopped. For me it was harder to convince myself to start running again then to convince myself to keep running. It did work really well for the guy in the article as he knocked off a little over three minutes to get him to his PR of 2:53:27. Far better then I did during my first marathon and don’t think even in my wildest dreams I will ever break 3 hours so I guess I can’t really bash this method. Since he had ran a previous marathon at 2:56:37 I definitely get the impression he is a pretty serious runner and maybe his body just adapted to the constant change in pace better. However I am still a little puzzled by it.