Runner Crisis Averted!

Phew. It’s been a crazy 24 hours inside of my head.

On Monday night I noticed a sharp pain shoot up my heel during my run. It was brief and fleeting, but came back after the run while I was just sitting around watching TV. I Google’d “heel pain running” and fear struck directly into my heart as I was greeted with the words “plantar fasciitis” over and over again.

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At the recommendation of almost every article, I iced for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off several times and hoped for the best on Tuesday morning. When I got up I could still feel the pain in my heel if I let it strike the ground.

To make a long story short: it’s not plantar fasciitis. Or at least I’m pretty sure it’s not. I spent the day worrying, babying my foot, emailing my running coach and being scared that I wouldn’t be able to run for who knows how long, but by the end of the day my foot felt perfectly normal.

I have no idea what happened!

I ended up going for a 2 mile run/walk just to test it out and everything was fine. I never felt even the slightest hint of any pain. Hallelujah! After the run I spent the rest of the night on the couch watching basketball and icing my heel just in case.

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I’m not sure I truly appreciated the extent to which I love running until I was faced with the potential of not being able to run at all for … days? weeks? months? According to Runner’s World, six months is the typical recovery time. SIX MONTHS!

Crisis averted!

Now I can relax and get ready for the HEAT game tonight! It’s time to eliminate the Nets!

Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? 

— According to Runner’s World it is one of the top 7 most common running injuries along with: runner’s knee, achilles tendonitis, hamstring issues, shinsplints, ITBS and stress fractures.

What is the worst injury you’ve ever had? Break any bones as a kid? 

– I’ve been pretty injury free my whole life mostly due to the fact that I’m a wimp and rarely put myself in situations where I can get hurt.

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18 Comments

  1. May 14, 2014 / 4:43 am

    I do the same thing! I worry when I feel a pain like that, I can’t stand the thought of anything taking me out. I haven’t dealt with PF, but I do have heel spurs and when they flare up it’s extremely painful.About 10 yrs ago they took me out for a few months until the inflammation went down. I had a few surgeries for spurs on my foot when I was younger and I suspect the extra piece of bone on the side of my foot is that again, but I’ve manged it so I still haven’t gone to the doc over it lol I haven’t really had broken bones but I’ve had surgeries a handful of times. No fun…I try to avoid getting hurt too I am not a big risk taker

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:23 am

      I am glad I’m not the only anti-risk taker! We’ll sit safely off to the side together 🙂

      The heel spurs sound awful! I’m glad you’re able to manage the pain on your own and I hope it stays that way!

  2. May 14, 2014 / 9:01 am

    my mom is suffering with PF, and it’s the worst! some days she can do her normal activities and others she has to stay off it all together. glad that you don’t have to deal with all that!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:24 am

      Oh no, your poor mom! I hope she recovers quickly. Sending positive thoughts her way!

  3. May 14, 2014 / 9:40 am

    Way to be smart and listen to your body!! Glad that the crisis has been averted.
    I had PF once – I was the distance coach at a University at the time so and I did all of the early morning (6:00 am) runs with the team – not good for PF. It ended up taking over a year to fully heal.
    The worst injury – both of the stress fractures in my hips. I had one in my right hip in 2002 (training for a marathon) and one in my left in 2012. Both times, the DR started talking hip replacement so I listened and followed instructions!!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:26 am

      Hip replacements! Really?! You’re so strong! I honestly can’t even imagine you in that conversation!

  4. May 14, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Glad the pain went away yesterday! I’ve never had plantar fasciitis but I’ve had 2 of the other top 7! Shin splints and stress fractures (2) – neither is very fun! :/

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:30 am

      I’ve had shinsplints before too — not fun at all, but if I had to pick my poison from the list that is probably the one I would go with!

  5. May 14, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Yikes… so glad it got better quickly. I’ve been pretty lucky, no serious injuries as a kid (basic cuts and bruises) and add a new runner I’ve only had ITB pain. I’ve been very lucky.

    You better have that foam finger out in full force tonight. We need to get this series over with so Bron Bron can rest. GO HEAT GO!!!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:31 am

      GAHHHH how crazy was that game? I think somewhere in the 3rd quarter I kind of came to terms with the fact that we were going to a game 6 and then BAM Ray hits that 3!!

  6. May 14, 2014 / 11:57 am

    Augh Plantar! I have had it before. I have had it randomly for one day at a time probably like 2-3 times. Like I would feel a pain but then be gone for the rest of the day. This past summer, I had it for a week and the only reason it went away so fast is because I didn’t run on it (was still able to spin/arc train so I didn’t go crazy), and I went to my chiro who did ART on it which HURT MORE THAN ANYTHING IN MY LIFE but it WORKED. So just to calm your nerves… if you ever DO get it, stop running on it RIGHT away. It could be the difference between taking 1 day off and one month off!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:32 am

      I was going to run last night, but your comment kept popping into my head so I took the night off!

  7. Dana
    May 14, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I’m glad your heel’s feeling better! Hopefully the pain stays away (: I’m fighting ITBS right now, but the pain’s been getting easier to deal with during my runs, so hopefully I’ll be 100% soon haha. I’ve never broken any bones (knock on wood), which is surprising because I’m really clumsy haha. I did sprain my ankle as a kid though.

  8. May 14, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    I think paranoia over injuries is a good thing…keeps you healthy! I’m glad it turned out to be nothing!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:35 am

      Agreed! It puts a healthy sense of fear into you!

      While I was going through my checklist of reasons why it was NOT plantar I realized I’ve probably been skimping on my stretching a bit. I always do my stretches, but maybe I don’t hold some of them long enough when I’m thinking about getting inside to a big glass of ice water!

  9. May 15, 2014 / 4:29 am

    Phew! So glad you’re ok! Better to ice and rest it a bit further and chill just to be sure. (A good reason to!)Touch wood, the worst running injury I’ve had was a twisted ankle courtesy of running in the dark along a boardwalk that I’d never run on before, d’oh….. Oh, and a dodgy knee after my first marathon in 09. Never broken anything! Hope this remains the case!

    • May 15, 2014 / 10:37 am

      You are so right! I ended up taking last night off, and tonight I’m going to go easy and test it out again.

      I am so glad to hear from so many runners who have never had injuries. After reading about PF it seems like no runner can escape injury, but the group I hang with (online anyway) are super smart injury-free runners!