In the meantime, I've been working hard to add running mileage. Over the past couple months, I've been working on stretching, strengthening, balance, and all kinds of other things to overcome plantar fasciitis. In addition, I've run less and been biking and aqua jogging instead. It's taken a little time, but I've slowly added in mileage and feel like I'm more solidly on the road to recovery. (If you've had issues with PF, I've added some resources at the bottom of the page that might be helpful to you.)
This past Saturday was The Holiday Hustle 5K/10K run. It's a fantastic event that has something for the entire family. There's a 5K, 10K, and kids' dash, cool tech shirts, gift cards for age group winners, prize money for the super fast folks, and a pancake breakfast afterwards with awesome Christmas music! It's a well run event and definitely one of my favorites.
Saturday morning we woke up to a misty, cloudy day with very cool temperatures. It sounds miserable, but it was actually perfect running weather! Roger ran very well and set a new personal record, 17:54! This put him first in his age group. Way to go, Rog! Surprisingly, I also earned first in my age group, and we both went home with $20 gift cards from a local running store! (Time to go shopping!)
|Running a new PR....17:54!|
|It was great seeing friends that were running the 10K!|
If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis, I've linked a few things that might be helpful. I've used a little of everything over the last several months. One thing that also was extremely beneficial was seeing a doctor that did soft tissue work on my foot.
- Rolling your foot everyday, upon rising and later in the day is a must. You can purchase a lacrosse ball at a local sports store, or use the R3 roller from Roll Recovery.
- Deep tissue massage roller from Roll Recovery.
- Heel cups in your shoes (regular shoes/running shoes) This made a significant difference in my running shoes.
- Stretches and strengthening movements from Dr. Duke's site. There's even an app with videos for each movement. It's called W.E. Run.
- Quick Strength Training for Runners by Jeff Horowitz
*******Stampotique Stamps have arrived and I will be making something with them soon!*******