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Running Room Magazine

Every couple of months I get a magazine from my local running store. I usually always read it and enjoy it. But for some reason the last one I got made me sad.

I haven’t run since May. May! That seems like a really long time. I guess it is a long time – four months. I stopped cause my plantar fasciitis came back. I haven’t started again cause it’s still in my one foot, though it’s definitely better than it was.

I thought for sure I’d be feeling better by now, but I’m not. I wasn’t every consistent or good at running, but I definitely liked doing it. It made me feel strong and capable every time I’d finish a run that I didn’t think I’d be able to do.

There’s always a silver lining though. Since I’ve stopped running I’ve played soccer (which I’ve really really liked), started yoga again, and bought a bike. I probably wouldn’t have done any of those things if I was still running.

I know I’ll get back to running at some point once my foot is back to being 100%. I shouldn’t be all that sad about it cause some really good things have come out of being injured. I guess it all depends on how you look at it.

Floor Hockey September 9 2012

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This afternoon I’ll be playing my first floor hockey game since I had to give up my spot on a team because of an injury. While it’s not with the same league, (it’s with my friend who I played with back in the spring), I’m hoping today goes better.

And it should be better. I’ve been trying to be really careful with my foot activity wise, not doing too much. I’ve been doing all my stretches and physio homework too. Because there’s not as much stress put on the guy/girl ratio at these games, I don’t have to play the entire time, I can take breaks if I need to, and even leave early if it comes down to that.

I really enjoy my time playing floor hockey. I really want to play – even if that means taking it slow at first. At the same time though I don’t want to make things any worse with my foot. It’s tough figuring out how much is enough, and how much is too much.

Whenever I play floor hockey it’s always a great workout. I’m exhausted by the end of the game and I leave drenched in sweat. It’s not pretty, but I have so much fun.

I can’t wait until this afternoon!

Disappointment July 31 2012

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Two weeks ago I posted about how much I was looking forward to playing floor hockey. Unfortunately all I got to play was one game.

Apparently I underestimated how much harder gym floors were than grass soccer fields. Let me tell you, they’re really hard. Evidently, they’re too hard for my foot that’s still recovering from plantar fasciitis. My foot hurt a little that night, but not a whole lot more than after a soccer game. The next morning however was a different story. I could hardly walk when I first got out of bed.

So I made the tough decision to not play the rest of the season. I hate that I had to give it up, but I want my foot to heal completely, not get worse.

This is the second thing that I was really looking forward to doing that I’ve had to cancel. Because I couldn’t run I ended up giving my spot in the Mud Hero race to a friend. I was pretty bummed out about that, and now I’m doubly bummed out cause the next month won’t involve any floor hockey like I thought it would.

I’m very ready for my body to be back to normal. I want to be able to do the things that I want to do. I guess one good thing that’s come out of this is that I’ll appreciate the way my body works once it’s completely healed.

Mud Hero July 18 2012

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I’ve decided that I’m not going to be able to run in Mud Hero. It makes me so sad to think that I’m not going to be doing it, but I know it’s the right decision for me.

A couple months ago I was going to physio for plantar fasciitis in one of my feet. By the time I ended physio I was 85 or 90% back to normal – my physio guy thought I could do the rest by myself, which I totally agreed with.

Things with my feet haven’t been going so well lately though. The plantar fasciitis is slowly but surely getting worse. This is my fault, cause I haven’t been consistent the last couple weeks about doing the stretching. It’s pretty frustrating, but I know what I need to do to make it better – and hopefully that’ll happen soon. If not I’m going to make a physio appointment to see what’s up.

Because my foot hasn’t gotten back to 100% yet, I haven’t been running. Well, that’s not true – I’ve been playing soccer so I’ve definitely been active, but I haven’t done any real “runs” since my last physio appointment back in May. I’ve been waiting for my foot to be 100%, but that hasn’t happened yet.

As much as I know I needed to take it easy and let my body heal, I’m still feeling kind of like a failure. I signed up for it back in March when I was dealing with a bunch of stressful stuff – I was really looking forward to running it. And now that it’s just about here and I know I won’t be participating, well I’m just feeling kind of bummed out about it.

Luckily a friend of mine had mentioned that he’d be interested in taking my spot, so that’s likely what will happen to my registration. I’m glad that if I can’t run, at least my spot won’t go to waste and someone will be able to enjoy it.

Last Physio Appointment May 30 2012

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Last week I had my very last physio appointment! Woohoo! My foot with the plantar fasciitis isn’t quite 100% yet, but it’s definitely a lot better than it was. My therapist said he thought I could do the last little bit on my own. I have to stick with the stretching and golf ball rolling like I’ve been doing. Easy peasy.

I mentioned to him a couple weeks ago that this weekend I was going to be playing in a soccer tournament. That means I’ll be doing a lot of running Friday to Sunday. I know I’m going to have some pain because of all the activity, so he suggested taping it. It’ll be my first time trying to do that, so hopefully I’ll do it right and it’ll help.

If you’re debating about whether or not to go to physio for an injury, I would definitely recommend giving it at least one appointment. It gave me piece of mind knowing that there was nothing seriously wrong when I hurt my knee. Knowing that I’m doing everything I can to deal with the plantar fasciitis feels pretty good too.

To be honest though, I think I’m going to miss watching the little guys play hockey while I’m doing my run/walk intervals on the treadmill.

Tuesday night at soccer I was having a lot of fun. We had our teams finalized and even had jerseys. It’s so much easier to know who to pass to when there’s only two colors on the field! It started off as a great night.

Then with ten or fifteen minutes left in the game I got hurt. I was watching the ball come down the field towards me from the left. Someone on the other team was coming towards me from the right. Cause I was watching the ball I didn’t see her coming, and when I finally did realize she was there I didn’t have time to move. As I was knocked over I twisted my knee weird. While it definitely hurt a little I finished playing the game.

It wasn’t til that night around 2 am when I went to roll over in bed that my knee really started to hurt. It hurt so much it woke me up.

Luckily I already had a physio appointment the next day. He got to work trying to figure out what was wrong. It’s amazing that after 15 minutes of moving my knee around and asking me questions he can know what’s wrong. Apparently it’s nothing serious and I should be back playing soccer next week. For the time being I need to take it easy, ice and elevate it four times a day, and stretch. If it’s not hurting anymore by Sunday I can even play floor hockey! Though he did tell me to take lots of breaks.

Right now it’s feeling a lot better than it did on Wednesday morning. It still feels stiff and tight, and I have to be careful when I’m going down stairs or twisting my knee, but I’m so glad it’s getting better so fast. You don’t realize how much you take being healthy for granted til something happens and you get sick or injured.