Well, the August back on track challenge will be coming to an end soon.
I was bummed when heal pain set in and I suspected plantar faciitis (which was confirmed yesterday). But Spark has taught me to arm myself with information, no sulking.
I read an article on spark, watched a video of a podiatrist discussing it and attended a running clinic at work where it was discussed among other running issues. I immediately jumped into action and the pain has been minimal.
I saw the doctor (who is also a runner) about it yesterday and he said I am doing everything he would recommend...
-Getting my running analyzed and properly fitted for shoes... DONE
-Improve strength in calves and stretching them a few times a day.. IN PROGRESS Several times I day I find some stairs to hang my heals over stretching the calves.
-Massage heal and foot daily... IN PROGRESS Every morning I roll my foot across a 5lb weight while watching the news.
-Foam roller to massage my calves... IN PROGRESS I use this every evening.
He said if it gets worse over the next four weeks, he will send me for a cortisone shot and he sees no reason to skip the 10K I signed up the end of September.
He also suggested shoe inserts which I bought yesterday and I'm loving them.
So I'm hitting my August goals, I'm doing a full-body stretch three times a week, the calves are getting done several times a day and I am getting five to six servings of freggies each day. That one has taken some work, I have very rarely done that in the past.
I am diligent about my pushups each day. Yesterday I did my deck of cards upper body workout so many many pushups were done!
Two-minute planks..... this is still kicking my butt but I have hit 90 seconds. I was pretty proud of myself at yoga the other night. I was FINALLY able to go from high plank to low plank and hold the low plank for five seconds.
I have three more days to make the two-minute plank. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!