After a great month in August, September actually started out really rough for me and didn’t get any better. I have been having problems with planter fasciitis and even though I am trying to do everything possible to heal and get better it seems that the only way to have 100% percent recovery is to not run at all. I’ll be posting more about working on healing the heel soon. School started again so practice most days is now in the afternoon, so no more running through the empty halls!
After running through it most the time in August, I only ended up with 45 miles this month, which is pretty small compared to my big month last month. It was frustrating to me because every time I ran I felt terrible the next morning. I was doing everything possible for injury prevention and to make sure it was healing, but it didn’t seem to help. With rolling it out, wearing a special sock at night, heat and ice therapy and going to physical therapy, it’s pretty time consuming and not getting better faster. It’s also difficult to coach cross country when you can’t run as much as you used too.
In the middle of the month I was really getting frustrated I would get out of bed in the morning and my heel would be on fire. Towards the end of the month I decided that I was going to take two weeks off to see if that helped and then work on doing my long runs before the marathon in November. I have come to the conclusion that I can’t really do much else.
On the flipside, this month is really exciting because I got into the Boston Marathon. I am so thrilled but yet, it’s a little scary because I want to be able to train well to run that race in April. I’ve come to the conclusion that after the City of Oaks Marathon in November, I am definitely going to take around two months off and do as much as possible to help my heel recover. Another exciting thing is our cross country season is officially in full swing. Our team had quite a few races and it’s been a lot of fun to watch the kids grow and actually race! They have a lot of talent and it’s exciting to see many of them realize how fun running and racing can be.