It’s been a tough year for me so far from a running perspective.
I’ve literally only run three times all year due to a pretty nasty bout of plantar fasciitis. About three weeks ago, I visited a local podiatrist for an evaluation, and was diagnosed with a partially torn plantar fascia. He took x-rays, did an ultrasound of my heel, felt around (causing me a lot of pain) and then gave me a cortisone shot (causing me even more pain). I was advised to be fairly aggressive with stretching, icing, and some exercises. I’ve been a good patient, and followed this protocol almost perfectly (shocking, I know).
Yesterday, I went back to the podiatrist for a follow-up appointment and got some really good news. I am able to start running again!
Of course, I can’t run far. Or frequently. But I can run!
“HE CAN RUN! HE CAN RUN! HE CAN RUN” (invoking a phrase from Disney’s Peter Pan…”He can fly! He can fly! He can fly!”)
And so, tonight, I’ll run. One mile. Slowly. It’ll be a run, nevertheless. Hopefully it won’t hurt too much – either during or after. Frankly, I’m a little nervous about it. I don’t want to make the injury worse – and I sure as heck don’t want to suffer the pain again. I’m also really, really excited. I’ve been WANTING to run. That is the absolute worst thing – to really want to do something, but not be allowed to do it.
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