Down but Not Out
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I still can't run. The plantar fasciitis has been really bothering me since I tried to run that stupid mile and a half two weeks ago. I have been hobbling everywhere, and the pain is excruciating when I first wake up or when I walk in bare feet. I have been wearing my old running shoes everywhere with arch support inserts and that has been helping. Cross training has also been helping. Today I woke up with just a sight twinge. Not even pain really. Last time this happened, I decided to try running after two-three days. Not this time. I'm not running for a few more weeks. No heel spur that I can feel, so I am really wanting to nip this in the bud now. The best remedy so far has been a regimen of stretching, cross-training, icing and taking ibuprofen. I just wish I knew for sure how much longer I needed to do this for. The problem with plantar fasciitis is that you don't know you overdid it until you've overdone it. Frustrating.
I bought new running shoes. This time I bought neutral shoes. My last pair were for pronation because the cute little thing at the running store thought she saw me pronating slightly. Everyone else has told me I am neutral. Come to think of it, it was after I started wearing those shoes that I had all of my right leg issues. Calf tear, hip pain and now the plantar fasciitis. According to the medical and orthopedic sites I've read, as well as the physical therapist I saw, it's all interconnected. My calf was due to a tight soleus muscle and achilles tendon. The hip was probably my tight IT band. The plantar fasciitis is also due to tight lower leg muscles. If I'm not the poster child for stretching, I don't know who is. The other thing about those shoes is that they were my first pair of women's running shoes. I always bought men's neutral shoes before that. This time, I bought women's neutral shoes. Hopefully they'll help.
I have gained .3 pounds since my v-log, but that's to be expected because I have not been exercising consistently. I need to get over not being able to run. I have been using it as an excuse not to work out. Last Thursday, I took Emma to her swim class at the Y, and had forgotten that I had a follow-up appointment with the 12-week jump-start trainer. He was out, but had given his appointments to another trainer. She was so awesome! I really liked her. She took me through the weight training machines, and we discussed work-out philosophies and goals. Even though I have more advanced knowledge than the average jump-starter, we agreed that it's not a bad thing to start out using static machines for a couple months. Even though I know free weights and balance training are/is better for engaging the core, I am trying to wake up some muscle memory. Once I have done that, I can get back into more advanced techniques.