Happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday! I am skipping a weekly recap this week because there wasn’t much working out last week to share. Before I get to that, I hope everyone who celebrated the 4th of July had a great long weekend! I was happy to stay local and not have much going on. We did spend most of the weekend shopping for deck furniture, so that was fun. (Please note the sarcasm; neither of us like those sorts of things! It brought back memories of trying to shop for house stuff last spring when we moved.) We did spend a few hours by the pool and went to my parents’ on Sunday afternoon. No 4th of July races for me- but I will get to the running update in a minute.
So let’s start out with some good news. Last week I found out that I was selected to be an ambassador for the Annapolis Running Classic! It will be held on November 19th and you can read my recap from 2013 here. When I found out that they were accepting applications for ambassadors, I started thinking about how that could be my chance to finally commit to a fall half-marathon. I love racing during that time of the year, plus I won’t have to worry about starting to train any time soon. I applied before my foot starting giving me problems, but at this point I am really glad that I have plenty of time until the race. I also think it will be nice to train for a half rather than a full. I can run lower mileage and just focus on quality workouts.
You can save 15% when you register through July 15th using the code RUNNINGOUTOFWINE16. After July 16th, the discount will be 10% and there is a price increase after July 30th, so make sure you sign up early!
So now I have a race to train for- what’s the plan? Well, step 1 is to get my foot back to normal. Last time I gave an update I thought it was on the mend. Last Monday I ran with no pain, I took a planned day off from running on Tuesday, and then by the end of the day Tuesday it was bothering me again. I’m trying to figure out if certain shoes aggravate it or what. I was wearing my Sperrys on Tuesday but I was on my feet quite a bit that day.
So I stopped running once again and decided to go see an orthopedist on Thursday. That was no help at all. He said something like “I think you had some irritation in the posterior tibialis, and this can be really bad, but for you it’s just minor, and it usually happens to people older than you, so it was probably just a random thing. And I think because of that your plantar fascia got a little irritated. So I’m gonna write you a prescription for naproxen, rest and take that for 2 weeks. Do some stretches and wear a night split and heel lifts.” I asked him what may have caused it and how I can prevent it from happening again like strengthening exercises, and he basically said he thought it was just a fluke and that there weren’t any exercises I should be doing. When they brought me a night splint and heel lifts they wanted them billed to my insurance but I had no idea if my insurance would cover them, so I said I didn’t want them. I also said I didn’t want the prescription for the anti-inflammatories.
This sounds all too familiar to my first experience at the doctor’s with plantar fasciitis in 2007. However, back then I didn’t know any better and took the script and started wearing orthotics. I’m not in so much pain that I need a painkiller- and I certainly don’t want to mask the pain giving me false hope that it’s better. I did get X-rays so at least I ruled out anything serious.
I left the appointment extremely frustrated, but decided if I am not going to listen to medical advice then I need to take control for myself. I’ll continue seeing my chiropractor as needed and work on stretching and strengthening exercises that I have researched on my own. I think my new running shoes are helping and I just need to be as practical as possible about work shoes. I have definitely seen an overall improvement, but I think my recovery and return to running will be slower than I initially thought. I’ll rest now for success later.
Without access to a gym, I really have been “resting”. It’s funny though, that I have been so busy that I often get in over 10,000 steps lately even though I am purposefully trying to rest my foot. I am hoping that in a few days I can start added doing some more walking to test things out before trying to run again.
Ever get medical advice for a running injury that just didn’t sit right with you?
Anyone have exercises that help strengthen the foot/inner ankle?
How did you spend the 4th of July weekend?