So remember that one time when I registered for a half marathon? Have no fear, folks, it’s still on. There has, however, been a little glitch in the training for said half marathon. This glitch is known as plantar fasciitis.
That’s right, for the past five weeks I have been down for the count when it comes to running….and walking….pretty much any kind of weight bearing activity.
As you can probably imagine, this has greatly impacted my training schedule. Last week was the first week that my foot felt like it could be used again in a normal fashion. I am happy to announce that I am running free of pain once again.
Battling any kind of injury is hard. Battling an injury while in the midst of training for something can be especially devasting. So what’s a gal (or guy) to do when something like that happens?
1.) Well first off, try not to fret too much. Eh hem, Lebron, get it together dude. It’s gonna be okay.
2.) Follow the R.I.C.E. method:
In case you need a picture play-by-play….
3.) I know some people aren’t keen on medicating certain things, but I’m an advocate taking anti-inflamatories to limit the swelling, as long as the directions for taking the medication are followed correctly. So what type of med’s are the best?
No, no, no…I’m not talking about THAT kind of medication….although that would work to superficially lessen the pain. The best med’s are Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (Naproxen).
Following the R.I.C.E. method is the first form of treatment that any physician would recommend. Most of the time this form of treatment works, but there are instances where more medical attention is necessary, e.g, surgery.
The important thing is to give yourself adequate time to heal. The human body is amazing and you’d be surprised what it can do if you just let it do it’s thang.
All in all, it sucks that this injury happened right when I was supposed to begin training for my half. All I can do is suck it up and be extra diligent with my training going forward. Being physically able to perform is essential to most sports, but I feel like the mental component is half the battle when it comes to running especially. That’s what I’m going to be focusing on during the remainder of my training. Hopefully by the end of my training and after the race, this is what I’ll be like…
….except it will have my face….and not a man’s body…?? You get what I’m saying….