Feeling STALE.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt in prime shape. I’ve been feeling pretty stale with not much to write about. (Your welcome… who wants to read something with no feeling, I won’t post something just to post something). I usually think of things I want to write about when I’m running- clearly that hasn’t been happening. Running brings out the creative side of me and I’ve been missing out on that.

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My norm is to run a lot and naturally I talk about it a lot; I’ve surrounded myself with a world of runners. I feel like I’m constantly asked “what are you training for”, when is your next race”. Since last summer I haven’t really had anything I was training seriously for. I was training to complete Boston, but I never had big goals, it was just to run it, so I had to get the necessary runs in to do it without being untrained distance wise and a mess/prone to injury on race day.  So now, here I am one month removed from Boston, my plantar fasciitis has turned into a bit of a monster and this Friday will mark two weeks of no running for me. I HAVE to let it heal if I want to run on feet that feel good. I’ve also been worried about running on it and compensating how I land on my foot, injuring myself further. So, no run for me.

I’ve been in a constant motion of getting myself BACK into shape since November. It hasn’t even been about getting fast, it’s just been about getting into shape to run a marathon. My right hamstring started bothering me in February and then the plantar Fasciitis creeped in, but I decided I’d go ahead and run Boston, feeling somewhat blah and then let all that heal up after the race. (trip was already booked & I didn’t want to miss out on the experience- plus running is my fun, not my job) The hamstring is great now, it’s just the foot I’m still dealing with. I never knew how painful it could be.

I miss feeling fast and fresh. I miss the post workout/race bliss that a good speed session provides. For now though, I’m trying to enjoy not belong a slave to a training plan and keeping up on working out 5ish days a week- on the bike, pool & whatever else. The elliptical has been irritating my foot even, so I’m staying away from it until it’s better. I’ve been better than ever about icing, rolling it & I bought a strassenburg sock- I’m going to give it two more weeks of my own self treating and if it’s not a LOT better by then, I’m going to physical therapy.

Anyway, that’s that. That’s why I’ve been quiet… not that you’ve necessarily noticed. 🙂 I wish my husband, who is training for a 50 miler would hop on and write though. He’s up at 5 every morning, out the door running around 10 miles a day it seems every day before work, plus long runs Sat & Sun. He just ran his first official Ultra at the Dances with Dirt 50K the other week- placing 5th on a nasty terrain in 4:52. ]

He’s an internet snob sometimes though, so it’s hard to convince him to write unless he really wants to….

Here are some pics from the 50K: (Marshall, my dad, Cadence and I had fun setting up camp and being cheerleaders)

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Ever had Plantar Fasciitis? Best treatment that worked for you?

Have you done Dances with Dirt? 

What’s you best 50 Miler advice for Glenn?

Comments

  1. Emily

    Hey,
    I have plantar fasciitis too, it’s such a bummer. So far the most helpful thing has been a night splint although it’s really annoying to wear. That and an iced water bottle that a roll under my foot after a run. I finally broke down and got orthotics…but it hasn’t been long enough to see if that’s helpful.
    Good luck!

    1. Lindsey Hein

      I haven’t tried a night shin splint- sounds more intense than the good old strassenburg sock though! Good luck to you- I hope you recover quickly as well!

  2. My only advice for plantar is stretching your calves, that seemed to help a lot along w/rest and icing. It stinks bc plantar can stick around for awhile. Running injuries SUCK 🙁

  3. Matt

    Have you tried the ‘Born to Run’ approach? Chris McDougall had really bad PF until he started running barefoot. It strengthened his arches and knocked out the PF.

    1. Lindsey Hein

      I haven’t tried that method- but I have super high arches and I don’t think that my feet could handle it. I have custom orthotics- I think part of the problem is I wore a different shoe for a month. (STUPID me!!!)

    1. Greg A

      50 Miler

      Prerace evening drink a few IPA’s. Post race drink a couple IPA’s. Success will prevail!

  4. Kim

    Sorry you are dealing with PF – no fun.
    I wish I had good advice for your husband in his 50 but I failed to complete my attempt a couple weeks ago. I would say – stay hydrated. It was mid 80s the day I ran and I think I ended up dehydrated and pushing heat exhaustion.
    Good luck to him!

    1. Lindsey Hein

      Thanks Kim! Oh man, so sorry to hear about your 50!

  5. Dan

    Sorry to hear about the PF. I’ve not had it … but did make the mistake you did a while back of changing shoes (because they were a good deal???) — not a permanent replacement, just threw it into the mix. I definitely noticed it (for the worse) but think I got off easy / lucky (hopefully anyway).

    As for IronUltraMan and his 50 … it is a long run. He’s obviously going to do well so I’d recommend just taking it easy (which I know for Glenn will still be fast). Especially with it being a loop course. Get a feel for what it is like the first loop and then know where he wants to push it and where he wants to lay back a bit on subsequent laps. I did incorporate short periods of walking (on hills when that fit but even on the flat if it was time for it) and I think it helped my legs by mixing it up (I say that – but somehow have a hard time seeing Glenn incorporating that).

    As for you … hang in there. You’ve been through a lot. By laying low and being patient you’ll heal. And while it will suck having to work your way back to where you’ve already been, you’ll be stronger for it and kick some serious ass when you hit it hard again!

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