Status: Unchanged…

Song of the Post “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” By U2

I am pretty tired this evening so will probably make this one fairly short. I still haven’t been able to run yet due to the plantar fasciitis in my right foot. For the first few weeks after I started feeling the pain I was still trying to bike a few days a week but I decided about two weeks ago to just try the rest thing in hopes of still being able to run at last one race this fall.  Of course even though I am “resting” I still managed to figure out ways to re-aggravate the injury about every few days.

On Thursday and Friday I really thought I was in the home stretch. I hadn’t had any pain in my right foot for about a week.  I thought I was good to go this weekend. I thought wrong. I guess sometime on Saturday I did something to aggravate my foot again and now I am back to it even hurting sometimes when I am sitting. I am going to go back to stretching more and taking my ibuprofen. However I cannot stand this “resting” thing anymore so I think I am going to jump back on the bike tomorrow or Tuesday. So frustrating! I decided to transfer my Columbus Marathon bib to the half marathon however I am not sure that will even happen since I keep on re-injuring my foot.

On top of that a little over a week ago the numbness and pain on my left side really increased. It had been very distracting at work and at times it has affected my walking and sleep. They increased my dosage of Gabapentin which still didn’t do very much except just decreasing the numbness for a hour or two right after I took it. On Tuesday I had another infusion of Tysabri and finally on Thursday and Friday I started to see some relief. The pain has decreased however still fighting the numbness which is more tolerable. Guess we will see what the doc says in the next day or two.

I am hoping my training will become more interesting in the next week or so but guess I will see what else this fun plantar fasciitis has in store for me. This has really been frustrating because this injury is really my fault for probably training too hard too quickly. I was so pumped to run the two full marathons this fall and just threw them away. Hopefully 2012 will be a better full marathon year.

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!