Being an injured athlete really messes with my head. But things might be getting better.
Until this morning, it had been over three weeks where my feet had not hit the pavement. I was doing of plenty other activities, but I was not running. I mentioned in a previous post that I have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and was told to take several weeks off from running. Well I am training for the Boston Marathon and that was just heart crushing. I met with my Podiatrist yesterday for a three week follow up, and we discussed that it’s time to try running again. If I want to run Boston in 8 weeks, I NEED to run. There is nothing that will prepare you for a Marathon except running. Since I feel better after three weeks, I was elated just to hear the words ‘try’ ‘you can run.’ Although he did tell me to pick things up again, my Podiatrist is not a runner or an athlete, and I have been doubting the situation like crazy. I know he’s thinking of the Boston Marathon, but I am thinking not only of the Marathon, but my Ironman in August. Boston is my ‘B’ race, whereas Ironman Mont Tremblant is my ‘A’ race. The hardest thing about being injured, is that no one knows your body but YOU. No one knows how you feel when you run, but YOU. Obviously, the thing I am most scared of is doing permanent damage (the MD says this most likely won’t be the case). As an athlete, “most likely” is not the answer I want… I want something that is a guarantee. Cue the frustration.
Feeling motivated, last night after work I went to my local running store and decided to try a new pair of running shoes! I have thought all along with this injury, that new shoes might help my cause, I was just scared to get away from the shoes that I loved. Since I am pretty much willing to try anything at this point, I decided to speak with a specialist at the store and have her watch me run in various shoes. I explained my injury, my plan for Boston, etc and she recommended the Brooks Glycerin 11 shoes. Years ago I ran in Brooks, and loved them! I was excited to give them a try again. I ended up purchasing the Glycerin 11’s and I ran in them this morning for 3 miles. So far I really like them and I HOPE they are the shoes I get to run in during the Boston Marathon.
The plan for now is to continue with my rehabilitation treatment: Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston, Acupuncture, self- massage and stretching, wear my new sneakers with arch support and more stabilization, and see where it takes me! I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.