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.
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.
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!
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.