And no, sadly, The Beast isn’t me; it’s my injury. It would appear that it’s back. To be clear, my plantar fasciitis never really went away; however I was put on the following recovery plan by my very lovely physiotherapist, Andrew:
- 2 weeks rest + intensive calf stretching
- Active recovery week 1: 2x 20 minute runs
- Active recovery week 2: 3x 30 minute runs
- Active recovery onwards: 3-4 runs per week, including one long (slow) run
I was warned that I’d have symptoms throughout active recovery, and that this was normal. In fact, I should continue running with a moderate level of discomfort (since the plantar fascia is a load-bearing arch, it needs to get used to load-bearing in order to recover properly, even if it’s not pleasant).
Well, I’ve been running with discomfort. Moderate discomfort that I could cope with, along with stretching, hot baths, ice packs, compression socks, and injury taping. The discomfort wasn’t great fun, but remained at a stable level. My calves were tightening, but things were looking at least half decent. (Sidenote: it takes a special kind of crazy to keep running when in pain, even on the orders of a professional).
But this Tuesday was the straw that broke the horse’s back. I ran with my club, very slowly, even turning down the slightly extended B route. Nonetheless, the pain returned, quite severely. I finished up the route (wanting it to be over more than anything else) and had a little moment of self-pity as I walked back to meet for our post-run beers.
And so, I am injured again. But this time I’ve booked myself straight in to see my physio; I’m resting (from running at least) and I’m not in denial. Sad to say though I’ve had a crazy week, so calf stretching has fallen to the wayside, and my legs are now in a constant state of soreness (even at night!)
Anyway, that’s just an update from me. Thankfully swimming and cycling are now a big enough part of my life that I can turn to those disciplines. But if I’m being completely honest, working out relentlessly and at a high level of intensity has really taken it out of me this year; I think I’m long overdue some bonus rest days.
What’s your fitness update? How’s your running going?
Lots of love,