State of Running – January Edition

First HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Fireworks

I know there are a lot of blog posts floating around cyberspace talking about goals and resolutions for 2016.  I have been thinking of mine but am not quite ready to share them.

So since POTUS is supposed to give his last (“tear”) State of The Union address soon, I thought I would give my own “State of Running” speech to all my lovely readers out there in blog land.

*Clears Throat and Steps Up to the Mic*

Well…..the truth of the matter is for the past 2 weeks my running has been …non existent.

Let me back up.  So while training for the New York City Marathon, I developed plantar fascitis (PF) in my left foot.  This was the ONE injury over the course of my years running that I had managed to avoid BUT it reared it’s ugly head in August.  I was able to manage it with physical therapy, and it was the one part of my body that did not bother me during the race (strangely enough).

PF Picture

The Only Difference is that the red shooting pain goes down my entire foot.  Ouch!

However afterwards, it progressively got worse and worse, to the point where it hurt from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed, even when I ran.  Prior to this – I had been able to run with PF without any problems, subsequent to New York, not so much.

I went back to my podiatrist, got custom orthotics but the pain and discomfort was still there.  He gently touched where my heel ends and my arch begins very gently but I squealed in pain, so much so that he ordered an ultrasound.  It confirmed my fear – my PF was partially torn.  He told me that this was the “best” muscle to tear and that I needed to give it rest (the worst word in my vocabulary).So basically I am “off running” for 4 weeks to let the tear heel.  Yes – it is the best time for this to happen as it is the “off season” but the weather ( up until Monday night) has been glorious running weather and I have been relegated to this…

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Yup – getting my gym sweat on.

I always say that I want to use the off season for strengthening and this January I have my wish.

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Fancy New Weightlifting Gloves

I have gone back to lifting 3-4 days a week, supplementing cardio with the elliptical and swimming.

It has been eye opening to see how strong I am in terms  of my cardiovascular stamina but have seriously lost the strength that I used to have.  It has been humbling to know that I might be able to run 26.2 miles but in the weight room I am still a bit of a newbie and lightweight.  I forgot how much lifting weights can actually make you sore if you do it correctly.  There were several days after I started that I could not laugh because it hurt (in a good way) too much.

Looking at my gym shoes

Using my Brooks for keeping me steady at the gym…and look a detailed workout to follow

To say I am not bummed would be and understatement and I am trying to be positive but it is frustrating.  If it’s not one thing it’s another.

I know my body is trying to tell me to rest and I am working hard to listen and respect it.  With all my friends around me signing up for races, it has been hard to hold back, but I am just not confident at this time to sign up for any thing before I get back on the road.

BLog Post - State of Running December 2015

Don’t worry though, I am enjoying my time at the gym and can’t wait to see what strength improvements I see at the end of my “time” confined to the gym.

 

To be continued…

5 Comments

  1. Mark

    Yeah to resting and weight lifting…. staying off your feet longer will help you ‘heal’ for the long run later in the year when it matters most!

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