It’s been a long time since I blogged. While I was not running or working out much there didn’t seem to be too much of a point in keeping blog posts coming. Time to get my act together and get back into the habit.
Nothing super exciting has happened – but here are some of the highlights:
1. Plantar Fasciitis – Dr. Brady basically told me to not walk, run, or do much or anything that would have me be weight bearing from the start of April until the start of July. Boring! And hard to do. This was a total mind challenge for me. During this time I did a lot of swimming and pool running. I could have taken up biking again – but I am not thrilled with a sore bottom.
Treatment for the PF also included the following:
- Rolling my foot several times a day. I used a variety of torture instruments to do this including a lacrosse ball, a foot massager, a foot rubz, and The Stick Footroller.
- Calf massage – by keeping the calf muscles loose using various massage techniques including the stick, a foam roller and other torture devices, we have been able to loosen up the joint.
- Lots of chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Brady would almost yank me off the table each time but we were able to break loose most of the scar tissue preventing my foot from bending.
- Probiotics to help with the arthritis in the joint.
- Lots of foot, ankle, and calf stretches.
- Taping the foot to keep the PF from tearing.
- Altra Shoes/Orthotics/Vibram Five Fingers.
At this point in time I have almost the same flexibility in my left foot as I have in my right. This is a huge improvement. I am pain free about 97% of the time. If I overdo things or twist wrong, the PF pain comes back – but not for long. I have been told I will probably deal with this somewhat the rest of my life – but just need to make sure I keep it under control.
2. Volunteering – I volunteered at the Bryce Canyon 50/100 in June. My next blog post will be more about that.
3. Dropping out of races and selling off race entries. At this point in time I am only planning two races in 2014 – the St. George Marathon in October and Across the Years in December.
4. Starting to run – I have been allowed to run 2 days a week since the start of July. For the first two weeks this was only 15 minutes at a slow jog each time. I am still pretty slow, but up to 30 minutes each run and increasing by 5 minutes each time I run. It feels good to be back. I have very little endurance, but truly missed running and can’t wait until I can get back on trails – even if it is for only short amounts of time.