So I'm battling Plantar Fasciitis again. I've had it from time to time since my first episode back in 2010, but I've always managed to get rid of it fairly easy and run through it. This time I'm feeling like it's more annoyed, so I'm going back to doing everything I did the first time around in hopes that it'll clear up in about a week. I ran last weekend my 10 mile LR in shoes that should be reserved only for short runs or retired altogether. I felt the mistake toward the end when I started feeling heel pain.
Since I have a heel spur, if the PF gets aggravated at all, it really gets inflamed and painful at the heel. So anyway - I have a 10K race next weekend and a half marathon 4/13. Since I'm very confident finishing both of those races, I'm going to try to be zen about my running.
Another thing I'm going to do is to make sure I continue getting a good calorie burn and exercising. I have a gym membership, I have some working out at home tools (soon to have more, more on that later), and I bought Level 2 of The 30 Day Shred from Amazon Instant Video so I have a good workout video to do as well. If I can only run short runs for a while with frequent rest days, I'm going to supplement so I keep my exercising mojo.
I've been diligently tracking my food since Monday. Yesterday I planned to run, but opted out due to my PF so that I could run today - as a result, I ate more before I decided not to run than I should have (was planning to run in the afternoon) and I ended up with 100cal left for dinner - whoops.
I decided to cautiously go over. I think this was a good decision - I still ate dinner (veggies and noodle soup, and one square dark chocolate) so that I wouldn't be starving myself and going bonkers, but I also avoided the whole "I screwed up so who cares" crazy overage crap. I ended up over by 210, and I'm ok with that.
I ordered this great daily deal from Amazon yesterday:
Right now it's $57.99, but yesterday it was $24.99 - you get:
Iron Gym Bar (doorway pullup bar), complete with hanging ab straps
Rotating Push Up Grips (a-la perfect pushup)
Electronic Ropeless Jump Rope (great for tall awkward people like myself )
The good thing, too, is that I can hang my suspension training straps from that bar - I've tried it before with someone elses.
Other cool thing - my husband is joining me again. :) The last time he let me track his food for him, he lost 50lbs. We were also going to the gym together, which he isn't doing this time around - but one step at a time.
Because he's on board, it will help me out a LOT. I can tell already so far this week that it will be a great advantage.
So today I ran 2.5 miles with Roscoe the wonder dog. He is good up to about 4 miles, but usually we run 1.34 (puppy loop!) or sometimes up to 3. I was going for 3 today but he wasn't having it. At about 1.25 he refused forward motion. As soon as we turned back he took off, so he wasn't tired, he was just ready to go home. HAHA. :D Silly puppy. But it's good - that is good for me for today. It's not getting me ready for a half marathon really, but it was a good workout in for today and calories burned, and Roscoe got his, too.
We had a couple of pee breaks on the way back and still that mile was 12:02, compared to the first mile at an average 15:21 pace (lots of starts and stops and sniffing and whatnot). On the way home there is always less of that and it's mostly straight running with a couple short pee stops. :D hehe.
This isn't from today, but us out together in winter running gear - he was wearing that today, I was in different gear. :) Isn't he so cute?
I also got to do my first day as a COACH this week. There is a program by RunVermont called "Ready, Set, Run!" - it is after school for elementary kids to run, move, and learn about nutrition and citizenship. It was ... COLD. I started with the kindergarten group, and at first we made it a bunch of times up and down the hill (I was manning the hill repeats station) but then a couple of the girls started just staying at the top of the hill and shivering and crying, and then some other kids started crying and they were like - can we run inside??? :'(
I felt like such a jerk! It was getting colder and colder out, and it started at about a feels like 15... so... yeah. We went inside. Later, the other groups joined us. Some of those kids had frozen solid shoelaces. The leader of the group has Raynaud's and she was shaking like a leaf! But the kids were great, once they warmed up they were all like - are we going to get to run again??? :) I'm hoping for much better weather next week....
1) run short runs, every other day. Run by feel, pay attention to heel.
2) Do all my stretches as prescribed by my PT back in the day
3) Naproxen Sodium morning and night w/ food
4) Roll foot on frozen water bottle and on little nubz ball.
5) Roll/stick out calves, it's all related.
6) wear my crocs around the house so I'm not runnin around barefoot.
Hopefully this all combined knocks it out fast like it did last time it was at this stage.