I’ve been dealing with sore feet a bit, a mild case of plantar fasciitis and figured after the Mt Ashland Hill Climb it would be good to take some time off and heal up 99 to 100%! Well after six months off running, but still walking, stretching and MTB, I went for a run. It felt really good to be back out on a trail in the misty early morning.
I wore a newer pair of shoes (Altra Lone Peak 3) and ran for about 30 mins. All is good. I can say I still feel stiffness in my feet, but not a hint of plantar strain. I’ll take it slow getting back into the swing of it. My mind and body wanted to keep running, but I’ll be curbing my enthusiasm and progress slowly and keep checking in with my body. Besides progressing slowly, I am going to switch shoes up every run. I’ll wear minimal xero sandals, Lone Peak (2 and 3), Superior 2 and a pair of Nike Terra Kiger 3 footwear. A wise runner told me his cure was to rest and then switch up shoes a lot… I’m taking that advice.
If all goes well, this spring I’ll jump on a 30k and a 50k, late summer hopefully that 100k is in the bag and next year… well, we’ll see what I end up doing.
So I’ve been a bit out of the running scene. I’ve managed to have a slight pain in my Plantar, so I haven’t been putting in the miles… I wasn’t going to do this race even though I signed up for it 6 months before with all the ambition in the world to dominate myself in it. I just hadn’t been feeling like stressing my feet more than I should and end up with some kind of “life long debilitating deal” that will not allow me to continue a semi-active life… After watching every known yoga video and physical therapist on YouTube talking about Plantar Fasciitus, I took full responsibility to heal up as well as I could and just maybe run this race. I stopped running long distances in mid June and began stretching, massaging and strengthening my feet as best I could. I ran shorter distances in a variety of shoes and even a few runs in my Xero 4mm sandals to keep my feet strong and flexible.
August 10th, 2016, I wasn’t going to run it. August 13th, 2016 I showed up with all the other runners to get jazzed up to run uphill for 3 hours (for me at least)! I call this my couch to half marathon. I did it. I finished and that was my goal. Hopefully next year I can actaully have miles on my feet before this race and best myself by 30 mins or so. If you want a good challenge, check out the Mount Ashland Hillclimb run!
I run 3 to 4 days a week to stay in decent shape. I work with computers 5 days a week, plus a long evening often on the weekend with some of my own projects which often negates the amount of exercise I get. Needless to say, I am connected to the max!
Leaving my phone behind and going for a run by myself was… liberating!
I’ll be doing it again for sure. Music is great, podcasts are great, and so is listening to your breath in a meditative way. If you haven’t gotten out for exercise computer free in a while, do it. Liberate your life for 30 minutes… maybe an hour?! It’s refreshing. It’s light. It’s …. you make it up. Just go do it.