Fitness Minutes: (33,789) Posts: 848 2/10/12 2:04 P
With your positive can-do attitude, you should be able to find something to keep you motivated and moving in the right direction.
My dad had PF and it took him out of action for a while and he let it become an excuse not to exercise long after it was healed. But this last year, after running a half marathon, he hurt his knee and instead of falling into the same trap, he switched back to his first love of bicycling and is out for 2 or 3 hour rides on the weekends in the mountains and going to the gym during the week.
If you continue to focus on what you can do as opposed to what you can't do, you should be fine.
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Fitness Minutes: (91,931) Posts: 18,371 2/10/12 11:28 A
set backs suck! but you are correct with keeping a good attitude and finding something you can do!
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Fitness Minutes: (77,191) Posts: 2,635 2/6/12 10:27 A
Hey there! Sorry, internet is still sketchy down here, so I'm just getting caught up. BOO on the Plantar fasciitis, but everyone is right - you know what to do, you'll do it and get past it. My step-d suffered with it all last winter-spring (I think it was right about this time she was diagnosed) and she came back strong and ran the MM Half with me in Sept. You and I have talked some and I think you are ready to slow on the racing and focus on the weight loss again. We both know racing can be addictive, maybe a higher power is telling you something. Just don't lose your fire; redirect it. I'm considering Whistlestop - maybe see you there.
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Posts: 870 2/6/12 10:08 A
Robert I really think you will emerge from this stronger and better than ever. You are smart to take the conservative approach, and I bet that by doing so you will be back at it before you think.
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Posts: 15,358 2/6/12 7:01 A
Hey Robert, I love your positive attitude. I haven't been through that particular injury but a little over a year ago I lost a few months to severe sciatica. I couldn't do the stationary bike, the rowing machine, could barely walk for a while, but there was a machine a the gym that you pedal with your arms instead of your feet. Can't remember the name of it. But I got great cardio workouts with that. You may not need that but the point is that you can find ways to work around the injury to keep up training of some type. Your positive attitude is the key to that. I know you're going to keep going in one way or another, make some great lemonade out of those lemons, and be back running again in the near future. Who knows what you may find you like doing in the meantime. Good luck and we'll be following your journey!
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Posts: 633 2/5/12 9:32 P
Ouch! You have my sympathy. I've gotten up in the morning, too many times when I was only able to put a toe to the floor as I hobbled to the shower. PF really hurts. Here are the things that worked for me. Of course, we are all individuals so YMMV.
1. Self massage with the frozen golf ball, water bottle etc. 2. Soak feet in ice water after a work out. 3. Anti-inflammatory pills AFTER (never before) a workout. 4. Massaging calf muscles with rolling stick and/or hot tub jets. 5. Traumeel ointment (from health food stores), which eases pain and reduces inflammation.
Last, but not least the biggest one of all for reducing the pain was to wear a pair of minimalist shoes and walk. I hiked in Vibram five fingers, going out with a pronounced limp and coming back with NO PAIN. Gentle walking stretches out the tightness. I haven't tried running in the VFF but they are definitely my go-to therapy shoes.
Hope you find something here that can help you. I don't believe that your year is done before it even begins. I DO believe that you've got some challenges to overcome before you get back on track.
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Posts: 33,459 2/5/12 4:53 P
Robert, I have severe PF, too, and it is a bummer, but it hasn't stopped me, and it won't stop you. I got custom orthotics, which helped a lot, did exercises, and got shots in my feet. I hope you find ways to handle it and get back to doing what you love again soon!
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Posts: 661 2/5/12 1:44 P
I'm so sorry. Life just isn't fair sometimes. I admire your attitude. I know you will overcome this and continue.
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Fitness Minutes: (19,452) Posts: 252 2/5/12 7:18 A
Been there, done that...have the xrays that show the bone spurs. I have suffered with chronic pf for years. The only advice I will add that I haven't seen here is to NEVER walk barefoot. Get some soccer sandals with good arches and even wear them in the shower. I also would recommend a good pair of orthotic inserts. I even have some in my slippers!
Best wishes for speedy healing.
PS. Get yourself to the pool and do some deep water running!
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Posts: 4,661 2/5/12 12:15 A
Bro, you know I am here and will always be here for you. This is a great team and I have enjoyed reading their comments. I know you will listen to your body and you will bounce back. You'll return stronger than ever. Hang in there, Robert!
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Best wishes for a smooth recovery. I'd have no idea what to do about it but have heard from many people that rolling with a frozen bottle will help. Birgit
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Fitness Minutes: (64,487) Posts: 1,225 2/4/12 9:39 P
Hang in there Robert!!
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Posts: 1,519 2/4/12 8:07 P
Hang in there Robert. Just a rest stop on your journey. Like Gloria Gaynor, you will survive . . . and thrive.
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Posts: 3,805 2/4/12 7:27 P
All the really smart peeps have spoken already I'll just toss in my well wishes and agreement that YOU are The Guy who knows how to make the best of any situation. Do your rehab and you'll be back at it again soon!
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 2/4/12 5:59 P
ABSOLUTELY Robert...it's why injuries are tough to diagnose and why we can't really say too much...the kinetic chain is sooo responsible for aches and pains not even closely related. The external rotation of the foot can lead to ITB or piriformis issues, but unfortunately many of us look at the site of pain and no where else.
You sound like a wise man, Robert!
Fitness Minutes: (27,363) Posts: 6,631 2/4/12 12:54 P
Thanks everyone for your support, this is indeed the bestest Sparkteam going :)
of course im a LITTLE biased.....
FREEDOMSTAR- Hi John, I am just exploring the various treatments now, got some good ideas from the team and from my web research. So far, the docs and team have largely said the same thing. Frozen water bottle for rolling out the arch and underside of the foot. gentle stretching of the calf, IT and so on because it is like a chain effect. one goes tight, it affects others down the line.
Cycling, swimming when able and strength training except for any training that involves weight bearing squat / lift type exercises for now, core etc.... theres lots to do, time to broaden the horizons a little...
I agree with everyone below - you are a smart and creative guy who will find ways to train outside running while you heal and you'll be back at it before you know it.
I agree you should focus on the other 2 parts of the tri training since you know you already have running down as a discipline and it will just be a ramping back up when the time comes.
Sending you healing thoughts and prayers!!
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Posts: 4,818 2/4/12 11:45 A
Robert, this is not a forever thing, it does get better if you pay attention and take care of it. One thing that a podiatrist had me do was take a plastic Coke bottle (the individual size ones) and fill it with half water, half rubbing alcohol, freeze it, then use that to roll my. The rubbing alcohol will keep it from freezing solid, but it stays cold much longer too. Hang in there; you will come through this stronger in the end.
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Posts: 274 2/4/12 11:42 A
I was diagnosed with the same thing last June and I can also say that it isn't a life sentence. You will get over it and you will be running races again. Do what you need to do to take care of it and please strengthen that calf! For me, one of the big lessons I learned was that even runners need to do lower body weight training!
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 2/4/12 11:36 A
You know when life hands you lemons, you are the ONE who knows how to make lemonade. I know you will use your motivation to help others and to continue inspiring the thousands of people who live vicariously through you and your journey. Big HUGS!
Fitness Minutes: (53,174) Posts: 2,302 2/4/12 10:34 A
You can get through plantar fasciitis. I was diagnosed with it about 3 years ago, and yes, it stopped my running for 3 or 4 months, BUT I become a whiz at rowing and focused on ST, and when I returned to running I was more fit than before then. It did take my body about a month to remember it liked running, fyi.
Be obedient to not running as directed. My podiatrist told me 3 or 4 weeks without running, but it was my most excellent personal trainer who insisted she was the one to clear me for running and that I had to wait. I am very glad that in this case I was obedient.
For me, my PF was related to my piriformis being tight, leading to my IT being tight which tightened my calf which led to PF. Find out which muscle group above your foot fits in with your PF and master keeping it loose.
Now I know how to quickly and easily loosen my plantar fascia, but I haven't needed to do much aggressively for them for months because I can keep the other muscle groups relaxed after I use them hard.
And weren't you kind of toying with the idea of triathlons? Maybe now will be the time to start building those swimming and biking skills.
There IS a path through this for you to discover!
Edited by: KAREN42BOYS at: 2/4/2012 (10:35)
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Posts: 70 2/4/12 10:33 A
Roll your foot on a frozen water bottle, a tennis ball, etc. I got PF, rolled it a lot, learned to tape for it and was over it within 1-2 months...you will be fine!!
Hang in there! I've had several friends get PF and they all were able to get through it. As you probably learned there are lots of strength training exercises for that and stretching religiously helps.
Also look into KT Tape or other brands of tape. If you go on YouTube you can see how to tape so that you can get through your workouts. You can buy that at most running stores and many sporting goods stores.
Do the rehab and you will be back sooner than you think. I know that is very painful so hopefully you get through that sooner rather than later.
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Posts: 13,741 2/4/12 10:29 A
Sorry to hear of your set back. I had the same P F. Issue and the good news is that it's not a life sentence . It will get better. Can you do stationary bike for cardio?
What treatment are you using to help it?
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Fitness Minutes: (27,363) Posts: 6,631 2/4/12 10:14 A
what I thought was a simple sprain is actually Plantar Fasciitis. Combine that with other events that I dont have any control over and it looks like any prospect for doing any races this year is pretty much toast. I am hoping to do Whistlestop in Ashland again this year in October but that is pretty much it.
Bummer for sure but it is what it is. I will ST and do what I need to do, there is always weight to lose.
The biggest thing is attitude when in a situation like this and I have plenty of positive mental attitude so no worries. gotta roll with the punches.
When I get back on my feet again, no reaching for past fitness levels. that was then, this is now.
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