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Foot Fury

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I have not been running at all. Instead, I've been cross training at the Y using the elliptical, recumbent bike, rowing machine and arm ergometer for cardio. I have been doing some weight training, but not consistently. I meet with my 12 week jumpstart trainer on Monday. It's the YMCA jumpstart program available to all new members. I'm beyond a jumpstart, but seeing a trainer for free to get ideas is always a good thing.

I bought a brace for my foot from Walgreens that was supposed to keep my foot flexed at night to ease the pain of the plantar fasciitis. When I put the brace on, my foot didn't seem to feel flexed enough, and then I managed to wiggle out of it at night. Needless to say, I took it back. I want to buy one that stretches a tension band from the ball of the foot to just below the knee. I think that will be much more effective. In the meantime, I've been stretching regularly, cross training and icing my foot. Today it feels much better, and when I woke up the foot pain was not as acute. I just need to keep up on this therapy regimen and maybe step it up a bit in terms of frequency.

I want to begin official training for the April half a week from Sunday. If I start running again, and the pain comes back, I'm bagging the April half until I feel like I can run again. The hard part of plantar fasciitis is that running can make it worse, and you don't know if you're making it worse until you feel pain. Then you've just done further damage and delayed your training. It's a frustrating condition to have. I have hope though. A colleague of mine said she suffered with it for a few weeks and then it went away without the need for PT or surgery. The difference between us, though, is that she's not overweight. I am, which is the reason I think I developed the injury in the first place. With the calf injury, hip pain and now the foot thing, I am trying hard to resist the idea that it might be my weight causing these problems. I want to defy that notion, and prove that fat people can run too, and that running can help you lose weight. Not sure why that's so important to me, but it is.

I guess it's just that I love running so much, I don't want to give it up because of something that I want to change. It makes me mad to be fat. I guess I need to turn that anger into something productive.
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    But you and I both know 10 weeks is not enough to get you to a half finish that you'll be happy with.
    1821 days ago
    The thing about a race wish list is that it's just that. A wish list. It doesn't mean I will run all of them. As a matter of fact, I have considered a similar schedule to what you are suggesting, and if the foot problem does not resolve itself soon, I will be continuing to cross train until it does, which may mean I run no races in 2013. In answer to your question about what I am thinking, if there were no foot problem, I have set up a 10 week training plan to get me to the first half, then it's a matter of maintaining that mileage for several months until I begin to step it up again in late June in prep for the full in October. Thank you for your post. I appreciate your concern for my health.
    1821 days ago
    Can you please explain to me what you are thinking? You didn't respond to my comment on the other blog so I am pretty close to just calling you. This is insane and you know it. You are clearly injured and your "training" and race schedule is NUTS! There are two different months where you have races a week apart. You need to sit down and re-look at this. Overweight people can run, but we need to be smart about it and continuing to hurt yourself is not going to get you in shape. You and I planned all these races and in the end you sat at home while I crossed that finish line, then you became sedentary and now you are working on getting back into it again but instead of getting in the shallow end of the pool you jumped in the ocean! You need to do the cross training, see a doctor about your foot, make your first race 4-6 months from the date your doctor says you will be okay to run and then allow for a race every 2 months. You are going to wear yourself out. Like I have been telling you, you are not the old Heather, you are not the woman that ran those races, you have a chance to become a new Heather, but you must let her go first. You need to be smart about this or I promise you won't cross any of those finish lines, let alone starting lines. I am not trying to be mean, I am being honest, I have believed in you- when you haven't and I believe you can do this, but I do not believe you, nor I, nor most people in our shape would be capable of doing what you have planned on 2 months of training (not to mention injured). You will be an athlete again, but you need to be patient and do it the right way, all this is going to do is get you hurt or sedentary. You know I'm right, you may not want to hear it, but you know it is true.

    This would be more manageable:

    August 3, 2013 Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon

    October 6, 2013 Okanagan Marathon - Kelowna, BC

    November 24, 2013 Seattle Half Marathon
    1822 days ago
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