I haven’t been active here for a really long time, and I feel really bad about it. But the last few weeks were horrible.
It’s all started after I completed the 10k race in Greenwich park. During the race my left foot started to hurt, it felt like a strange burning numbing feeling. It’s really hard to explain. First I thought that I run too hard or haven’t trained enough for it. the next morning I could not manage to stood on my left foot, I never felt this kind of pain in my life before. My heel was incredibly sore but the rest of my sole was hurting as well. Slowly managed to get to work but I was worrying about it a lot. After a few hours the pain was gone , like nothing happened before.
When I got back from work and sat down a bit, and stood up the pain was back. I had no clue what this could be.
A few days later I went to see medical advice because I started to realise this is definitely not normal. Well it turns out it’s a really common but awful injury called Plantar Fasciitis.
What exactly is this?
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.
Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.
Two words: It Sucks !!!!
There’s not much I could do about this, other than resting and stretching it gently. I’ve spoken with many other runners and some of them been out of running 6-10 months because the pain is unbearable.
I’ve got one of these special night casts, which should gently my ligament overnight so I wouldn’t be in as much pain in the morning.
It seems to work, because I don’t have as much pain in the mornings, but running is still a struggle. So most days I just fast walk I thought if i keep resting it gets better, so I haven’t done any cycling or running since the end of january. Attempted a half marathon on the 4th of march and I was perfectly fine till about mile 6-7 after that the pain was back and had to walk the remaining miles. Which resulted to my slowest ever half marathon 😦
At this moment I have no idea what’s going to happen with my Ironman race in July. I could defer it for a year, but I really wanted to do it before I turn 30 next February.
Some days if I walk more at work than usual then the next day the pain is back and I hardly can walk. So even when I’m not running the pain is coming back.
I do feel really unlucky because every time I’m training for something I’ll get injured. Last year torn my ankle ligament before the London marathon. During New York I’ve dislocated my knee and now I have this.
I have so much stuff to do this year, Ironman, Berlin and Chicago. I paid in loads and loads of money, which I can’t get back. The only one I can defer is the Ironman. The marathons are charity places, so can’t defer.
Life sucks sometimes.
I need to get better, I need to feel well to continue my training. I love my training, it refreshes me and let me relax after a hard day at work. Now I totally incapable to do anything other than walk.
I do hope that a few more weeks of resting and I’d be okay with my training. How could I even attempt an Ironman without training for the bike and run? It’s so sad 😦