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Running feels better this week

Posted by bunchgrasser on August 7, 2008

I managed to run 3-4 times in the last week or so. My right heel still has some mild tenderness, but the serious pain has been absent. Granted I’ve been limiting my runs to 5-6 miles each, I’m still very, very excited to be back on the pavement.

I’m going to kick it up to 7-8 mile runs and see how that goes. I actually may still have time to catch up in time for the Portland Marathon. Speaking of which, I finally decided it was time, so I registered myself for the PM yesterday. If my injury returns and I cannot run, I guess I’ll consider my $90 entry fee a donation to a good program.

Oh, on my run this morning I ran into some wildlife on the trail. About 1 mile into my run I came upon a black and white animal that I first thought was a cat. It wasn’t. As I got closer, the “cat” stood on its front legs and aimed its rear end at me. Somewhere deep in my head I thought…hmm…cats usually don’t do tricks. It was at that very moment that I also realized that cats usually aren’t black with white stripes. I think I figured this out just before running within spraying range of the skunk. I stopped, backed up a few steps and waited for it to leave the trail for cover in the bushes.


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Yep, the heel is still sore

Posted by bunchgrasser on July 30, 2008

I took my first run in 3 weeks yesterday morning. I was confident that waiting 3 weeks would be enough – but unfortunately I was wrong. My heel started hurting mildly within the first mile and pretty much stayed the same through the entire 5 mile run. It wasn’t excruciating – just enough for me to know something is still not right. So, what to do…

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Heel pain sets me back a few days

Posted by bunchgrasser on July 14, 2008

Well, for the first time in a long while I’ve had to stop running. Some time last week, most likely after that 12 miler – my heel started hurting. At first I thought maybe I’d just bruised it, but on subsequent runs it showed signs of the dreaded plantar fasciitis (PF).

Reading up on PF on the net was somewhat depressing. if I do indeed have PF (I still hold some hope that I don’t), the recovery time could potentially wipe out my plans to run the Portland Marathon. Wait. Take a deep breath. Think positive thoughts. Yes, this is just a temporary setback and in no time at all I’ll be back on the pavement – pain free.

I’m depressed now because I had to miss my Portland Fit 25k benchmark run last Saturday. You know, I really wasn’t a runner when I was younger. I played other sports of course, but just running for the sake of running held no interest for me. Back then, I needed a reason to run – driving for a layup, stealing second base, running from my girlfriend’s dad (jk).

Today things are different. The concept of “Me Time” is much more prominent (and necessary), and running solo miles is just the ticket for that. Just me and the road. Just me and my Ipod. Just me and the…heel pain? Wait – something isn’t right here. All I know is that running used to be something that I forced myself to do. Now it’s something I can’t live without. Running is insidious the way it gets inside of you. Like a parasitic monster that must be fed every couple of days. If you starve the monster – it makes you pay, but I digress.

where was I? Oh yeah, so I’ve got this heel pain and I haven’t done any running for a week. I’m considering going out for a short, light run to gauge my recovery. I know it’s too soon but I just can’t help myself. It’s like pulling on a hangnail – you know it’s going to hurt like hell but you can’t stop yourself. I have to know – is it a heel bruise? Or something worse? Wish me luck…


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