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Plantar Fasciitis Massage

I tried this stretch and it ACTUALLY WORKED. I was kinda surprised! I will have to keep doing it! I’ve tried other stretches and other ways of massaging my foot, but none of them really got rid of the pain like this one did! I’m excited to see if it can actually help me get better!!


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Plantar Fasciitis

I found this video on Runner’s World, and I think it sums up Plantar Fasciitis pretty well!
State Track was this past weekend, so now I’ve got a week to rest my foot up so I can get back to training for cross country and get 400 miles in this summer! My foot is getting a bit better, but it was still acting up enough at state that it messed up my stride ūüė¶ I ran a not-so-good leg, but my team still did decently!
But my whole state meet recap will have to wait, I gotta ice up my foot and get some sleep!

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Plantar Fasciitis = Plain Frustration

Our conference meet¬†was on this past Monday. I was supposed¬†to run the 4x800m, open 800m, and the 4x400m. I ended up running the 4×800 and half of the open 800, hobbling and limping the second half of the open 800m, and finding a substitute for my 4x400m.

I started out the day with a bit of pain in my arch. I’d been having mild arch problems for the past couple weeks but it went away when I ran and I didn’t think too much of it. But then I did a long run on Sunday, for an hour at a moderate pace, about 8 minute miles. My arch started hurting a bit more after that and my hips hurt a bit too, but once again, I thought I could just push through it, rub it out, and I’d be fine. But my body had other ideas.

I ran my leg of the 4×800 in 2:29, not my best but pretty darn close. I was happy enough. My team ended up finishing first and getting a team PR in 9:41, so I was even happier!

During cool down and the warmup for my second 800 though, my arch would start hurting much worse than before. I told my coach about it and she just recommended that I tried to stay off it as long as I could before my race and that I keep my regular running shoes on for as long as possible, rather than¬†my spikes. She recommended icing it and taking advil later. I know it’s hard to tell, but in retrospect, I wish I just would have scratched that race.

I started out okay in the first hundred meters before my arch started aching…then as I started the second lap it started getting worse…and popping…and by the last 200, I couldn’t even run on my toes anymore without it popping and hurting like crap. I limped all the way down the home stretch and still managed to place 5th in 2:36.94. Not bad for being hurt, I guess. But what made it suck even more was the girl at the end who tried to be¬†nice. I was obviously in pain and she goes, “It’s okay, everybody has a bad race sometimes.” Maybe it wasn’t intentionally mean. But I kinda wanted to slap her. That wasn’t a bad race. That was me shooting myself in the foot and still running on it. That was me get my foot eaten by a ravenous lion, bear, and shark at the same time and still finishing it out…even though I probably shouldn’t have. That was part of me dying on the track, not because of my crappy time, but because I knew that I just did something really really¬†really bad that I shouldn’t have and that may jeopardize the rest of this season. I’ve apparently got plantar fasciitis and I just made it way worse.

I could hardly walk all night after my race or especially the this morning. As the day went by, it¬†loosened up a bit but¬†I was still¬†kinda hobbling around¬†the halls all day.¬†I went to see my school trainer before practice and hoped that it would help to just tape it up. Nope. It made it feel a bit better when I was just walking around, but I didn’t even get a hundred meters into my warmup before I had to stop. I went back inside and ended up on the elliptical for forty minutes, then iced it and stretched until practice was over.

Plantar Fasciitis¬†sucks. A lot. Especially this late in the season, when it’s beautiful outside and all I want to do is run, and the state qualifying meet is tomorrow and the state meet is next week already!

Hopefully ice, advil, and prayer will at least get me through the next two weeks!


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