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!

4 thoughts on “What A Runner Never Wants To Hear…

  1. Woo hoo! I made the blog! Keep an eye out for details about an evening swim class at Wittenberg that is intended for adults. I hope you are enjoying your shiny new bike 🙂 Plantar fasciatis is a connective tissue thing and the best guy I know for that is Jody Finney, LMT. He works out of his home and is helping me with my IT band. Not being able to run sucks! I’m glad you have some other options though.

  2. I wouldn’t give up on your Marathon Dreams just yet, I had a bout with PF and I just ran through it.. I bought an arch support from the pharmacy and in 2 weeks it was completely gone! Hasn’t returned (knock on wood) I know it was the most painful thing I had ever experienced, but the more I moved it the better it felt.

  3. I had to give up spin class when I had plantar fasciitis. Cycling can really tighten your calf which can cause and aggravate plantar fasciitis. I found relief by stretching a lot and managed to jog in the pool without pain. The stretching was fundamental to recovery. Hope you get though this one quickly.

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