Back to Running

Last time I ran was January 30th. The following morning I woke up, hopped out of bed and was greeted by some bad foot pain.

A visit to my physiotherapist Adriana at Athlete’s Care on Monday confirmed that I’d annoyed the fascia on the bottom of my foot…the dreaded plantar fasciitis.

I'm a Pepsi fan, but these little plastic Coke bottles filled with water and frozen solid are pretty perfect for rolling your feet.

I’m a Pepsi fan, but these little plastic Coke bottles filled with water and frozen solid are pretty perfect for rolling your feet.

The good news? It was relatively mild. The bad news? No running for a bit. The first few days were easy since running was the last thing I wanted to do on a foot that was angry about just participating in any activity.

Slowly, but surely

But by Wednesday, things were starting to look up. On my second visit to physio on Friday, things had improved quite a bit. Still no running, but at least I was walking normally and thinking about getting back into the training plan.

Sunday I felt like I could have run 5km and been fine. But with another physio session scheduled for Tuesday (today), I held off and took the extra rest.

Today things feel pretty good. The deep massage across the bottom of my foot that was tough to take last week was fine today. Adriana said, “go ahead and run” today, suggesting it would probably flare up a bit, but that it should be manageable going forward with regualr icing, stretching, and rolling of the bottom of my foot.

Back at it

Tomorrow afternoon will be the real test when I lace up my shoes and run the 6km from the house over to Ginny’s work to get the kids. Here’s hoping that things go fine and I don’t find myself hopping on a new streetcar down along Queen’s Quay.

If all goes according to plan, I should be back on track in a week or two. While I missed a pair of long Sunday runs, the good news is that they were 10km and 13km respectively. Considering I’ve been running 16km regularly on Sundays, it’s not a big loss.

That said, things do get serious pretty quickly from here, so I’ll be hyper-focused on making sure I’m stretching, rolling and icing both feet now throughout the week.

Fingers crossed.

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