“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~Seneca
Here we go again. Starting over. I stopped blogging when I stopped running. I just couldn’t. Now I’m starting from scratch and honestly, I was afraid and have been putting this off. Here’s what I’ve been dealing with. My 43 year old body is 40 pounds over my ideal running weight and I’ve been forced to put up with lower back pain and terrible, chronic, persistent plantar fasciitis in my right foot for the past two years. Yup. Happened right after my last post. Of course the foot pain put a serious halt to any training or races and at the worst of it, I could hardly take a step without agonizing, shooting pains traveling from my extremely unhappy heel up through my foot and lower leg. Just the thought of it now makes me cringe, as it does anytime I hear the words “plantar fasciitis.” The good news is that now at least the foot pain has gotten much better. Well I couldn’t run at all for 2 years so I can’t see how it could have gotten much worse. Of course that doesn’t mean I didn’t try. As a matter of fact I tried everything. Yes, everything from using minimal footwear, rolling my foot on golf balls and ice bottles, stretching (as advised by expert), not stretching (also advised by expert), having my heel injected by cortisone, physical therapy, massage, the Graston technique, desperately scouring the internet, resting completely, trying to run anyway, sucking it up, crying, ignoring it, Some of these things helped and some did not. But no matter what I tried, the plantar fasciitis persisted. For. Two. Long. Years. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.
As the plantar fasciitis finally started to heal, I got another injury while at the lake while with my brother and his family for the 4th of July last year, another injury aside from the 3rd degree sunburn I also received. No need to get into the gory details, Let’s just say that this incident had something to do with a 42 year old wakeboard virgin and an epic ride, Well, at least the one time out of about 50 that I didn’t fall flat on my face. I couldn’t sit down for a week and couldn’t even think about running for another year. Que more physical therapy, massage, rest, etc. At least there is an awesome video.
So…remember Breaking the Injury Cycle? Yeah. NO. It had only just began.
That brings us to now, I’m now happy to finally report, that armed with the right combination of foot compression sleeve, orthotic, high cushioning running shoes, a foam rolling, strength and stretching plan, physical therapy, a good chiropractor, a customized training plan, and the fear of not finishing two races I have already signed up for, I’m READY for the Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon on Nov. 4th and the Las Vegas Rock and Roll 10K the following week.
It’s the simplicity that I love so much about running.