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I woke up this morning feeling less then stellar.

My shins felt a lot better but my right ankle was all messed up. I forgot to tell you guys I put my custom insoles into my new shoes to help since I’ve still been feeling off…BAD idea. They are too worn down to be wearing anymore. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be able to run tomorrow but I’ll play it by ear and see how I feel. I did 20 minutes on the stairmaster, 40 minutes on the arctrainer and 20 minutes upper body weight training. I loved hobbling around the gym like a true champ.

I’ve been icing and rolling my foot religiously and although it has helped, I’m still not feeling 100% I finally decided to make an appointment with a podiatrist/sports medicine doctor. They couldnt fit me in until next Thursday but i’ll survive. I WANT to finally feel 100% when I begin marathon training and not the 75-80% I’ve been feeling. Its been such a long time since i’ve felt truly good. You take it for granted as a runner until you become plagued with injuries. I’m lucky that i’m not in the club of people suffering from plantar fasciitis that cannot run a mile without pain. I dont have many issues getting through my runs with no pain, but afterwards its pretty crappy. I also ache in the mornings too, classic symptoms of PF.

Believe me, I’ve been reading obsessively about PF since I started feeling the pain last year. Here is more insight from Runners World:

Plantar fasciitis and other heel pains send more people to foot specialists than just about any other complaint, and it’s one of the most tenacious, frustrating conditions for runners to deal with, experts say. “It’s extremely common,” says Dr. Sheldon Laps, a Washington, D.C., podiatrist and foot surgeon. “I see it in the young and old, athletic and nonathletic, heavy and thin. It’s responsible for the majority of new-patient visits to my office.” Many podiatrists believe that plantar fasciitis has replaced knee pain as the most common complaint among runners.

Hardly surprising, since we ask a lot of our heels.

The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and bears all of the body’s weight with each step. As a result, the stress on the heel–and all the structures connected to it–is enormous.

The plantar fascia, a long band of fibers that attaches at the bottom of the heel bone and extends to the base of the toes, takes the brunt of it. Pain occurs when these tissues become irritated or inflamed–a condition known as fasciitis–or when small spurs begin to grow on the heel bone itself.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may feel a sharp pain first thing in the morning because the plantar fascia shortens during the night, while you’re asleep. When you get out of bed in the morning and start walking around, the band along the bottom of your foot stretches and pulls on the heel. When it pulls too hard, pain results.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Biomechanical flaws–including flat feet, high-arched feet and a tight Achilles tendon–can result in considerable stress on the plantar fascia. Weight gain can exacerbate the problem, especially for women who fail to lose extra pounds gained during pregnancy.

Other causes: excessive pronation, sudden increases in training mileage, beginning speedwork or switching surfaces (particularly to concrete sidewalks). Also at risk: women who wear high heels all day and then switch into flat running shoes.

The good news: in most cases, plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully without surgery. The bad news: ultimate success depends on a commodity often in short supply among runners–patience.

Its quite possible that I might see this doctor and they dont tell me anything new…besides stretching, icing, etc…or worse, that they want me to take a break from running. I’m willing to at least give it a shot. I’m also hoping that they will be able to help me figure out what running shoes I should be using…seeing as my issue is that my left foot needs a neutral shoe and my right foot needs stability. Wish me luck next week 🙂

In foodie news, I tried a new flavor of Chobani this morning:

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I mixed in 1/4 cup of Kashi GoLean Berry Crisp for some added crunch!

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The flavor of this one was pretty delicious but I was not a huge fan of the seeds at the bottom…its the same issue that keeps me from buying the pomegranate flavor. But give it a whirl if you do like passion fruit, if it wasnt for the seeds, I’d be in love!

Lunch was a protein packed tuna sandwich on a sandwich thin. Nothing fancy here, I only put a VERY small amount of mayo into mine…and i’m not a fan of celery or onion either. Call me plain 🙂

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Served with a side of Jalapeno Pretzel Thins:

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I’ve been munching on things from my Foodie Penpal tonight…I cant wait to reveal it next Friday, some of this stuff is YUM!

Dinner was simple and good fuel for a hopeful run tomorrow. Baked Salmon with my favorite rub and brown rice drizzled with General Tsos sauce:

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I’m really lovin up on brown rice lately, I dont think I’ll ever go back to white…which is what I ate mostly as a kid 😉

Happy Tuesday, here’s hoping that my ankle feels better tomorrow!

Tell me…

Have you ever been to a sports doctor before?

Whats your perfect tuna sandwich?

How was YOUR first day of spring? 🙂