Monday, August 29, 2011

I've Been Keeping a Secret...

Hi blogger friends, time for me to tell you all my secret. Notice that I haven't been posting a lot? If we are fb friends then you may have noticed that I have not been running a lot either. That's right, I have not been running much these days. Maybe 1-3 times a week if i'm lucky and my mileage has been low, between 4-15 miles a week. No ladies, don't get excited, my secret is NOT what you are thinking...
Since May I have been having some pain and discomfort in my left heel. I believe I have a mild case of Plantar Faciitis. Back on May 21st I stupidly ran a half marathon in 1:40, I hadn't been running fast and I have no idea where that time came from. The last couple of miles I had some discomfort in my heel but it quickly went away after the race. Then on 5/29 I ran a 50K on trails, no discomfort whatsoever, I didn't feel a thing in my heel. On 6/5 I ran a marathon and felt some dull pain after mile 8 but it went away right after the marathon. The next 2 weeks I hardly ran at all, a few miles here and there. I've really been taking care of things and I feel that the problem is under control and I am being extremely smart about it. I have been running for 14 years injury free, this is the first problem I have ever had. It's frustrating but I'm taking care of it and I know it's not going to get any worse because I have been taking such good care of it. I have been running a little but not much. I know I have defintely lost some speed but I don't feel that I've lost any endurance.

Here are things I've been doing to take care of my heel:
(note: this is over a 3 month period!!!!)
-wearing night boot/splint every night for the past 2+ months. (I have a high-end one, it's very comfy and I love it! Will almost miss it when I don't need it anymore, that's how comfy it is!!!!)
-Ice (heel, arch, achillies, calf)
-the stick on my calf
-rolly ball for my arch
- LOTSSSS of stretching
-Acupunture (community acupuncture, it's VERY affordable)
-Gait analysis to try to find the problem
-switched my shoes, also bought shoes that are specifically for walking
-heel cups
-self-massage (not going to pay $100 for a massage. I can't seem to find anywhere affordable here in Boston.)
-running slooow, lots of walk breaks and running on trails whenever possible
-lots of rest!!!

Whie it is frustrating, i'm really not overly upset about it because I know it will get better and I do feel that it IS getting better. Currently, the discomfort is very minimal and sometimes I feel nothing, but i'm not going to run on it and make it worse. Not worth it. I do feel that it is improving and I have not yet cancelled any of my plans for this fall. I will take things slower, that's for sure but I still feel that I will be able to run the races I want to run. I feel like I have no right complaining or getting mad about it because, like I said, I have been running for 14 years injury free. I know my body is in sync with my running and I know that running does not normally cause my body injury or pain. I'll get back to that point, I just need to be patient and cautious for the time being.

Well there it is. Now that it's out, I feel I can start blogging more :-)
Thanks for listening!!!!


Marlene said...

I have to admit, after reading that first sentence, my first thought was... well, you know. :)

Sorry to hear that you've been having some issues lately, but it sounds like you are doing what you need to do to take care of it. I hope it is a thing of the past SOON!

Johann said...

I really hope you get things sorted out soon. All the best and take care!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Of course you had me thinking when I started reading!! ;-)

Glad to hear that you have been doing all the right things to take care of your body. I hope your efforts help speed a solid recover.

Richelle said...

I totally thought you were preggo after reading the title of your post. I hope the PF goes away soon! It sounds like you're taking good care of your feet!

Amanda said...

Well, what I thought would have been exciting news! This sort of makes me sad, but your attitude is awesome!

Sounds like you are being super smart and taking it easy and listening to your body. I hope it keeps getting better and you can get back to injury/pain free running soon.

KK @ Running Through Life said...

I hope you recover quickly! Injuries are so frustrating!

Emz said...

hang in there girl.

love your awesomely positive attitude!!

Denise said...

boo. not happy to hear this at all!! but you're being smart and that will get you back out there faster. sending healing vibes!!

Sara said...

I hope you feel better soon - I am sorry to hear you are hurting!!

Take care of yourself and keep blogging! It helps me when I am feeling down about my injury. Hang in there and continue taking care of yourself. Thinking of you!!

N.D. said...

yep I agree w/ some of the others, wow, time for a baby shower, haha. I'm sorry about the injury, that stinks! but it sounds like you are being smart about it. hope it gets better quickly.

Kerrie T. said...

I thought you were preggers! Are you sure this is really a foot problem. You know, Zoe said she had a foot problem and then, surprise!, she was actually preggers! ;)

Silly Girl Running said...

Hahahah! Read the title of the post and thought 'Yay! She's with baby!' ;).

Wise choice handling that injury the way you do! Hope it heals asap!

Zaneta said...

Just wanted to stop by your blog cuz I haven't seen a post in a while... wow... I'm glad youre taking care of your heel and being smart about it!
haha... you had me thinking you were pregnant lol... not very nice! ;)
Also... next quarter I actually get into my interpreting classes... I'm so excited!! :) Just wanted to share that with you :) I'll be praying that your heel pain stays away! :)

Meg said...

Way to stay positive but I WAS hoping for "that other secret." Oh well, keep up the great attitude and the nice'll be back to 100% soon!