Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Runners tell all: The pebble in my shoe...

Hi y'all!
Today I'm linking up with Amanda @ The Lady Okie and Beka @ Sunshine to the Square Inch for their monthly link up, Runners Tell All! I am super excited to be joining them as I consider myself a runner! Although I have just started back at it...let me tell you, running is my life and during the time I wasn't allowed to run, I was uber jealous of those running in the street for the up and coming race events!

Today I want to tell you about the pebble in my shoe...
Lucky for me, the pebble has been getting smaller.

I'll give you my story because for the past year, I have dealt with what has been a major rock in my foot....plantar fasciitis.
I hate it. I loathe it. I despise it.
It keeps me from running, walking, dancing, and wearing the cute shoes that I love to wear.

I've seen more than a couple of specialists (doctors and physical therapists) that have poked, prodded,  flexed, stuck my foot with needles, rubbed ice, and even electrodes on my foot.

Looking back, it all started when I began training for my half marathon. I probably developed the pain because of poor stretching, too much mileage in short amount of time, poor shoe choices, and the extra poundage I added to my butt.

Well, think about it...extra poundage and I can't even run.  ARGH!!!

Either way...my hands-on physical therapist finally said that he will "allow" me to begin a run-walk program and luckily, I've been on it for the last few weeks. I am beyond excited! I haven't been able to run in over 6 months! It's been a real mood killer and worse when everyone and their mother was training for the ING Miami Marathon which was in February. It will take me a while...but I know I would like to be able to run and do this by the summer...

Morals of the story:
I will train properly by increasing my mileage slowly.
I will stretch before, after, and maybe even during my run.
Wear my cool sneakers to work if I have a plantar fascia meltdown.
Spoil my feet by resting them, roll over iced bottles or spiky balls, give them a warm epsom salt bath, elevate them and use "The Sock" religiously!

Have you had any serious training killers lately?

Got a story to share about your worst race experience or training or what you learn from it? You can still tell us about it! Clink on the image link below!

See you at the finish line!

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  1. I am definitely NOT a runner. Maybe I've just never found my groove yet. I am planning on joining a 5k next month so I'm going to start running - okay who am I kidding, I need to start walking before I even think about running - to prepare. Wish me luck! Lol.

  2. So sorry to hear about your injury! It is the WORST when you get hurt and can't run. Especially because as soon as you do get hurt, running is all you want to do. Us runners are a strange bunch, though. We're more upset about the fact that we can't run than the fact that we damaged our bodies.

    Here's to you coming back healthier, stronger, and better! Enjoy the miles and welcome back :-)

  3. Well I just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery!
    I am not a big runner, I started but stopped. The weather in Abu Dhabi got too hot for me and I just couldn't.
    What I do know is the struggle with the poundage. I am working on losing 15 pounds before I go home to NY. My plan is clean eating and working out with mostly weight.
    Hang in there and before you know it you'll be up and running!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear you had such a bad injury. I've heard that plantar fasciitis is not a fun injury. I'm glad you are getting better and that you will be able to run again! Thanks for sharing your story with us on RTA.

  5. Gah! That sucks. Glad you're back at it! Stretching is so important. Great lesson to share. Thanks for linking up!


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