Seeing an acupuncturist has really helped with my heal. Though it will still flare up in the evening and the morning following a run, I can actually put weight on it. I can walk normally. The pain is significantly different. I'll post more on this later but I am beginning to question whether my injury is truly Plantars Faciitis or perhaps something entirely different.
I've continued to swim regularly (generally twice a week) and I have hit the pavement or trail for an occasional run. I even saw a trainer twice. I just haven't stuck with it. I haven't even logged those runs or workout times - which was something I did methodically before. I'm sure you may have noticed this as I've been neglecting my blog, posting only on occasion. When I do post - it has had nothing to do with training.
Where have I been? Comparing the me 'then' with the me 'now' and you could say I have become lazy. It hasn't helped that the kids, as they've gotten older, have also gotten more involved in activities of their own. I spend much of my time juggling their adventures and I have found it increasingly difficult to squeeze out a little 'mommy' time.
Well this has got to stop. As of today, July 23rd, I resume marathon training. I state this here so that you all can help to keep me accountable. My base is shot so I am essentially starting over. To avoid injury, I vow not to go too far too soon. I will focus upon Eugene 2010! That gives me 10 months to rebuild and prepare properly. To become re-accustomed to training daily.
From here forth...
- I will meet with my trainer 1x week for core conditioning and strength training
- I will do abdominal work daily for at least 15 minutes
- I will swim 2-3x week
- I will run 2-3x week until I build a solid base --> thereafter I will run 4-5x week
- I will keep a food journal
- I will drink more water
- I will stretch better - stretches recommended for me that target the soleus muscle and other sensitive areas
OTN: 1 hr strength/core training with Kyle - kicked my butt