Remember how I told you I am freaking out about my body? Well, here is my plantar fasciitis freakout I had last week!
Sooooooo.... for about a week, when I woke up in my morning, my heels would be a little tender. We are talking a 1-2 on the pain scale. After I would walk around for about 5 minutes, the pain would go away. I'd go about my day and my run as planned and didn't give it a second thought.
The reason I wasn't too worried was because I have had plantar fasciitis before and it never would sneak up on me. When I had it before (twice over the past 5 years I would say), it would just be BAM!!! EFF YOU!!! YOU CAN'T WALK!!! So since this was nothing remotely like that, I thought, "Well this can't be PF."
I started to do a couple exercises and stretches for my feet and calves. Just in case. Because I was a little scared.
But then I got a lot scared because I started to read the internet. Did you know there is A LOT of conflicting info on PF out there? Some advice said never walk barefoot, others said you should walk barefoot to strengthen your feet. I immersed myself in reading all kinds of stuff and it wasn't pretty. My brain was going a million miles a minute.
Then on Saturday morning, shit hit the fan. My heel hurt a little bit more than normal. Now, we are talking a 3 on the pain scale. So I decided that nope, I wasn't running. I would skip my 8 miler. Believe me, I felt guilty about it.
Then I remembered that when I had PF before, it was recommended to stretch before even getting out of bed in the morning. So that's what I did Sunday morning. Guess what? No pain. Not even a 1. I ran my 8 miles on Sunday. On Monday morning I did the same thing. I stretched before getting out of bed and there was no pain.
So I am going to keep doing my stretches and hope for the best!
I am so aware of my feet right now. I can feel all the little nerve ending on the bottom of my feet. I think I have a psychosomatic disorder guys. I am totally serious...
That's my saga! Sorry it wasn't too exciting. But I don't want anything even semi exciting going on in my life right now!
Do you know if it's bad to go barefoot? Meb does it!
What about running on softer surfaces like a rail trail, do you think that helps prevent it? I stretch my calves all the time, I could be better about foot stretches though.