It’s been over a month since my last post and I have to admit running and I are not in a good place right now. Over four weeks ago, after a 20 mile trail run my left foot started to feel sore and I immediately knew it was symptomatic of plantar fasciitis. I had this dreaded injury 3 summers ago in my right foot but let it drag on way too long before getting help. I was determined not to let it put me out as long this time so since then I did almost everything I knew to do to recover. I’ve cut mileage back about 75% and have been cross training- mostly stationary bike but also some swimming. I know all the stretches and what I should do to recover and I’m doing them religiously. I’ve been to physical therapy, been sleeping in my night splint, rolling it, stretching my calf, bought new shoes- you name it and I’ve done it.
I did run in two short Grand Prix races which I would not have done but my son wanted to do Iron Runner this year and I figured since they were short I would just run them without any speed work or preparation. (Race recaps on the Arkansas Runner 2 Mile and Go! Mile coming.) I know running in these races was not ideal and probably delayed my recovery a little. I’ve also had to face the reality that my running streak will need to end. This is the second time I’ve had a one mile a day streak and maybe I’m just not cut out for them. The first one was throughout high school and part of college. I made it 5.5 years and had to stop when I was hospitalized with a severe case of mono. This streak is not nearly as long but I still hate to see it end. I made it to Day 308. I was hoping to make it to a year but I am over this heel pain and my foot needs full rest. Last night I went one mile with the my middle two and our dog. I think this is a good run to end on. I’d like to have a strong fall racing season and it won’t happen if I don’t get the rest I need now.
It’s very easy to get depressed when I think about where I am this summer compared to last summer when I was in the thick of training for the San Francisco Marathon. If you’ve been running long enough you are going to go through a rough patch but you just have to be patient and get through it. That’s where I am right now. Trying to remind myself if there was any time of the year to take some time off running this is the best time.
Race recaps from the Arkansas Runner 2 Mile and Go! Mile coming soon!