I officially feel like I’m in the throes of marathon training. I did my first 16 mile run on Monday (barely…motivation was hard to find this weekend!), and my mid-week runs have been ramping up, too.
And I’m sore. And achy.
It comes with the territory, I know. I ended up doing a harder run today than I should have because I felt like I should replace my easy run with the long run I pushed off on Sunday (flawed logic, I know, but it always SEEMS like it makes more sense to replace the easy run). My quads are feeling it, my always tender shins are a little cranky. But a first for me: the arch on my right foot is sore!
I have never had plantar fascitis before, and I’ve never had any real foot problems save for the giant blister and/or black toenail. (I’ve actually had quite a few nasty blisters. I’m always weirdly proud of them).
But yeah, I’ve never had a sore bottom of my foot before. It’s weird. It doesn’t hurt first thing when I wake up, and according to the world of Google and WebMD, those are the telltale signs of legit plantar fascitis. Something is for sure up, though. My foot is tender during runs and then usually sore after.
I’m icing, which is something I avoid like the plague. I hate it. HATE IT. Especially in the winter! Who wants ice anywhere on their body when it’s snowing outside?? Not me, that’s who.
I really don’t want this to turn into something serious, though, so I’ve been alternating rolling my foot with a tennis ball and icing. And then my sister had the genius idea of putting the tennis ball IN THE FREEZER. Ice and rolling in one! It’s a unique form of torture, but it seems to be helping out.
I’m also thinking about getting new shoes. I broke the cardinal first rule of running and tried a different shoe than my always faithful Asics GT-2000s, and I can’t help but think that’s the main source of the problem. I veered away from my faves because they’re just so pricey, and with my car situation and being an almost-teacher, money is ALWAYS on my mind. But it might be time to bite the bullet and go back to the shoes I know work for me.
Anyway, fingers are crossed that this is a big ol’ nothing. But it never is with running, is it?
What do you do when you have a minor injury? Any advice for me? Favorite shoes?