Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Plantar fasciitis has no mercy

 I hate to see anyone have to suffer through plantar fasciitis.  I can not imagine how frustrating it must be if you were on the U.S. Olympic marathon team and have to train through it.  It's so painful- not while you run but as soon as you stop.  Ryan Hall, I wish you a speedy recovery! 
If you don't know how fast he his...check out this video

But on a side note, it is good to see that even elite runners (like the rest us "normal" runners) get plantar fasciitis - and they have to do all the same things for recovery.   Night splints, golf balls, frozen water bottles, stretching, double checking with a MRI, shockwave therapy (that was next for me),...and you just have to wait.  There is no magic pill.  Most of the stuff I read while suffering through my PF said it would usually last no more than 4 to 12 months.  If you are a runner, that's an eternity!  Mine lasted 3.5 months then just went away one day. 

I still have twinges if I do too much, mostly just a stiff foot after sitting down for awhile at night but no pain.  I'm trying to make sure I cross train and not do too much running on consecutive days.

Speaking of training:  so far this week...

Sunday- 6.2 miles (treadmill)

Monday- 3.5 miles (treadmill- hills)

Tuesday- 20.4 miles spinning (legs were dead- bad workout)

Wednesday (today)-??  I wanted to run since the weather is great, but I have my first night of a running clinic and I'm not sure what to expect so I don't want to be wiped out- also probably need a rest day at some point.

Thursday- spinning night/or running- depends on the weather :-)
Friday- easy 3
Saturday- my first race of 2012- Harrigan's 5k. 


  1. I know you've been thinking about a tri. Have you done one before? When I sign up for a tri, a magical thing happens - swimming becomes enjoyable. The triathlon has helped me attach to other sports besides running. Now when I can't run, it's less frustrating compared to when I was just a runner. I think I might be a triathlete now...we'll see. Get well and listen to your body whisper so you don't have to hear it scream!

  2. Jen, I'm still thinking about a tri- although I think I"m going to hold off a year. I need to actually start swimming since I haven't really since 1989, and think about biking outdoors. Plus, I think I've messed up my hip spinning too much. Marathon is still on my radar but we'll see.


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