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Airing a little frustration, encouraging myself.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm human and I get frustrated for sure. All is going well except for my foot. As most of you know, I have Plantar Faciitis and I haven't been able to really run. I struggle with the idea of pushing out a treadmill 5K which used to be standard practice. I guess all sorts of stuff goes through your mind when injury happens, stuff like "will this ever end?" or "will things ever be normal again?"

I have made some progress but it is slow, like enduring flaming bamboo shoots under the fingernails. I have been taking out some of my frustration on strength training. I guess that is where alot of the drive is coming from because I have gone after it with a vengeance but it does not replace what I feel when I get out for a long run, it only compliments it. Both go hand in hand, the one does not replace the other and I feel out of balance.

I dont want to be one of these guys I meet at the local box who are in excellent shape, cut with a six pack and turn pale at the thought of running a 10K much less a marathon. There is something in my mental make up that was BORN for endurance sports and will never be satisfied with less.

Not being able to run distance for the time being as forced me to exercise thinking outside my normal paradigm which is a good thing.

Outside the box thinking is one thing that separates those who have the heart to get it done from those who sit on the fence and talk about it. When one has heart and an overwhelming desire to see it through, they will look for a way, no matter how seemingly crazy or unorthodox.

For example, when I was 16, I was overweight, out of shape and wanted to join the Air Force in the worst way. I knew that things could not stay as they were. Sitting on my duff, playing video games and eating pizza had to go. This was something I simply knew intuitively and i acted on it. I out up pictures that I got from the local recruiting office and everyday I woke up, I was looking at my goal pictures.

I had no exercise equipment so I got to work. I found my dads diving weights and ran a rope through them and turned them into a dumbbell, about 10 pounds but after 100 reps, it was enough, and yes, the rope KILLED my hand. I made a jump rope out of clothes line and two broom handles. The lightness of the rope didnt work so good so I wrapped lead solder around key points of the rope to get some good rotation. Then I donned some crappy sneakers and jogged as far as I could and did it consistently. In the end, I lost 25 pounds and was able to enlist shortly after my 17th birthday. After I got out of high school, I went into Basic Military Training and spent my 18th birthday sitting in a barracks shining my boots.

My point in all of that is that if we have heart, we WILL find a way. Circumstance, lack of equipment, finances, nothing will stop you if we are a determined soul and will not let go of our dreams and settle for less. History has taught us that a man in rags with a rifle and 3 bullets fighting for his life, his family, country and his God is more dangerous and unpredictable than a draftee sitting in a tank with the best of everything. All the man in rags can think about is the day he will breathe the air of freedom. To him, nothing else matters. All the guy in the tank can think about is how many days he has left until he gets out and goes home. Total difference.

All I can think about every day is the day I will finally reach maintenance, not a plateau, maintenance. Everyday I get stronger, lighter, faster and with it new ability.

Each new ability obtained adds more spark. Those sparks are fanned into a flame by the winds of freedom until my passion brings liberty.

I will win, will dominate, will have victory and nothing will stop me until there is total and unconditional surrender of my enemy.

My passion is stronger than my injury and I will not be stopped.

I am armored with determination, armed with drive, and the will to see it through is my weapon.

I will find a way.
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    1292 days ago
    You are right- it you really want to to do it- you will find a way to make it happen.
    The hard part is getting past yourself to get to what you really want.Something I am struggling with right now.
    1403 days ago
  • v BECCA315
    I feel the same way as you, altho' my issue is bad knees, not foot problems. As much as I work out at the gym, it doesn't take the place of walking miles each and every day. I miss walking so much! But it helps to know that others are overcoming health issues, too, and not using them as excuses to quit.

    1591 days ago
    How inspiring you are. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am pushing myself to get on that treadmill and start addressing my own problem with plantar fasciitis, which I didn't know I had until I read your blog.
    1598 days ago
  • v BLOOMING52
    1599 days ago
    You are always so inspirational. Thank you.

    I also had plantar fasciitis. For me, changing shoes changed my life. I now wear Dansko clogs. I work in a hospital, so that works for me. They were like a miracle to me. They are very hard soled and provide a lot of support. I also checked into the good feet support, but they were a bit expensive for me, they seemed like they would work good though.

    Good luck to you.
    1601 days ago
  • v BLOOMING52
    1601 days ago
    You have an awesome attitude! You will run again, just maybe not tomorrow. Meanwhile you wil choose something else and perhaps come to enjoy that as well.
    1602 days ago
    1602 days ago
    I know from reading your posts how much you like to run... but until you heal up have you thought about rowing? Rowing (whether indoors or out) will still give you the cardio endurance factor without being on your foot(feet). Just my little 2cents worth of sunshine...

    I hope you find your balance :)

    emoticon (here's a balance ball to help!)

    1602 days ago
  • v TMW54812
    I suffered for years until I did 3 things;
    Inserts from a store called "good feet" much cheaper than podiatrist

    Sneakers from advisor at New Balance ( I was 365 lbs)

    7-8 minutes stretching after walk/jog

    I've lost 75 lbs over last 14 months walking/jogging 950 miles!

    1602 days ago
  • v TIMBOJ
    I, too, suffer from plantar fasciitis. What helps me is the foot stretching exercise you will find on the excellent Mayo Clinic website, massage with "Traumeel" homeopathic anti inflammatory. Also, like OKTOTRY, I mix up my cardio with swimming and use of the elliptical as well as the treadmill. Also, new shoes, for me Nike shox, have helped immensely. Good luck!
    1602 days ago
    Amazing blog post and truly inspiring."where there's a will there's a way" emoticon
    1602 days ago
  • v FLPALM
    Great BLOG
    1602 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon What an honor to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are an inspiration to others. emoticon
    1602 days ago
    That was great!! Thank you for sharing that.
    1602 days ago
    Your attitude is so inspiring! I know you will be successful at whatever you chose to do. I hope your problem with your feet clears up quickly.
    1602 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1602 days ago
    As always.............I needed this today. Thanks for sharing, for putting it out there.........for giving me the kick in the butt I needed on what could have been a lazy Friday for me............
    1602 days ago
  • v OK2TRY
    Is there a way for you to swim? I have found that swimming actually helps injuries while providing workouts (as strenuous as you want) in the meantime.
    Also, how about biking? Does that aggravate your fascitis?
    You could end up a triathlete and that would give you another outlet for your athleticism.
    I am a triathlete (and 65 years old!).One thing I like about it is that injuries are less frequent than if I were practicing the same activity every day. Also, if I do have an injury, I can just shift my workouts.
    Good luck whatever you do!
    1602 days ago
    I have the same problem with my feet. Go to a podiarist and get custom made insoles for your shoes. It will make all the difference in the world for your feet and you will be able to walk and run without pain.
    1602 days ago
  • v CM_GARDNER78
    Wow. What an awesome blog! (As always) Can you pack a little of that up and mail it to me?? I have just been having the hardest time lately - and I usually AM the kind of person that just DOES it, despite what may be working against me. But I'll tell ya, when you've been working against something for a long, long time, with little to no results, it gets VERY exhausting!!! And frustrating to say the least! I just need to bite the bullet and just DO what needs DOING!
    1603 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for the inspiration
    1603 days ago
  • v JIMIJV
    I am also dealing with chronic pain (knife stabbing under my fingernails) from achilles tendonitis in both feet , or commonly called heel bone spurs. I get acupuncture weekly (so I don't have to depend on painkillers, stretch the tendon before and after exercising, wear custom orthodics, replace my shoes regularly with good quality, suppportive ones, and use arnica gel topically to the area. All this or surgery! Surgery would set me back on exercising, as it would be a 4 month recovery and the bone spurs would most likely come back ( I have genetically flat feet). I appreciate your attitude and enthusiasm. Thank you!!!!
    1603 days ago
    Love the attitude!!! Great Blog!
    1603 days ago
  • v MOMSUE1
    You know the meaning of a Positive Mental Attitude!! This will get you far in life no matter what your goal is!!! Keep up the great work!!
    1603 days ago
    Super attitude! Good luck on your healing process.
    1603 days ago
  • v PINKSHOES000
    1603 days ago
  • v GRLEGRL9
    emoticon motivating post! You have an amazing positive attitude!
    1603 days ago
    Love your determination!
    1603 days ago
  • v THEIS58
    continue on!
    1603 days ago
  • v KIPPER15
    emoticon Great attitude. You will do it.
    1603 days ago
    You rock!
    1603 days ago
  • v NANAMOM652009
    emoticon Blog.
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    Thanks for sharing!
    1603 days ago
    You are so inspiring - we all need a burning desire to focus on - goals are so important ! Thank you for sharing and I wish you everything of the best !
    1603 days ago
    I lost 120 lbs as of this morning. It took 5 years of dieting and frustration. I'm retired military. My injuries from Iraq were a struggle in more ways than I ever imagined. Learning how to walk again. Trying to get back who I once was wasn't an easy goal. I gained weight that doubled my body size. What I learned through all this is: Our biggest struggle is mental. In order to beat the outside, we have to heal the inside. You can beat this. You will beat this. Each day brings a new day with no mistakes. This is what I tell myself every day. I am the man I am supposed to be (in heart). So are you. You got this!
    1603 days ago
  • v DEBK0923
    Good blog and attitude keep it up
    1603 days ago
    I struggle with plantar faciitis and a bone spur in my heel also so I know your pain....literally!!!! It totally stopped my running program last year but I'm not letting it stop me this year.

    Keep up the positive thinking and the determination!! You can do this...good luck!!!! emoticon
    1603 days ago
    1603 days ago
    Keep your head up! Your attitude is one of an winner. Yeah for you!
    1603 days ago
    YES - you will find a way
    1603 days ago
    It is a slow process, as I learn each day, but we can do this!
    1603 days ago
  • v PILGRIM09
    I used to suffer from PF. Someone told me of a supplement (benfotiamine) that would help. I was skeptical but felt I had little to lose so I gave it a try. I am so glad I did. It completely took the pain away in just a few days. And even better news, I have not had to continue taking the supplement. I think I took 2 bottles and never reordered. It has been 2 years and I am still pain free. The brand I took was Doctor's Best. Good luck to you!
    1603 days ago
  • v TLORB123
    Great attitude, and great post!

    1603 days ago
  • v TAGSUIT2
    I hope you feel better, you're pointed in the right direction. It took me a minute to get the men in the tank but i finally caught on. God bless you.
    1603 days ago
    Great post....
    1603 days ago
  • v THEIS58
    1603 days ago
  • v LIZPAGE10
    Going through foot injury issues past two months. At first, excuse to do nothing. Posts like your remind and encourage me to do what I can each day. Keep moving in the right direction. That's what's important! That's what the goal is!
    1603 days ago
  • v HEARTS116
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    Keeping thinking positive thoughts!
    1603 days ago
  • v JOYCRN
    I had plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago, but have no issues with it now (lots of other aches and pains though!) I think the key for me was a change in footwear-some of my shoes that looked comfortable were putting pressure in the area and the other key was the constant stretching. Any time I rolled over in bed I would point my toes toward my head.

    Are you using the bike trainer I saw in another blog post? I think if you push your self on the bike like you would on a run you will get some of the same endorphin high and be ready for the warm weather too!
    1603 days ago
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