In an effort to help find something to help with my plantar fasciitis, I put a call out on Facebook to see what my runner friends would suggest. The overwhelming suggestion was something called SuperFeet, a shoe insert. Unfortunately, I cannot afford new shoes or the $50 price tag these inserts sell for (approx.). However, I did find a set of inserts designed specifically for PF at the drug store (they even have PF in their title!) and figured I'd give them a try first. It helped that they were on sale for $15 which I could afford. Today I took them for a test run on the treadmill and managed a whopping 15 minutes before stopping and kicking off my runners as quickly as humanly possible.
My left foot, the problem foot, felt pretty good. I kept expecting the tightness to start creeping into the bottom of my foot and my calf but there was nothing. Ok, maybe the slightest of twinges but seriously, this felt like the answer to all my problems. However, I started getting a twinge in my lower back. When I started running I used to get this but it went away so I figured no biggie. I also started to feel more of the impact on my knees. Sigh. What else could go wrong? I'll tell you what else. The bottom of my RIGHT heel started to get a weird tingle/burning sensation that made me want to slice off my foot at the ankle. I cut my run short and felt horrible.
Here I sit, hours later, and my whole back, from shoulders to buttocks, is sore. I haven't done anything else that would cause the discomfort so I have to assume its from the inserts. I can't believe that this is normal; that perhaps I'm so misaligned that this is what it will take to get my body back to where its supposed to be and it will eventually stop feeling like this.
As I contemplated this rather shitty run, I began thinking that maybe (once again), I'm not meant to be a runner. Walking burns a similar amount of calories, its easier on the joints, and I never had to worry about PF being as bad as it has been these past few weeks. I'm disappointed right now with the problems I've been having and the fact that they're causing me to doubt myself as I always end up doing. I'm rather proud of how far I've come this time around. Other than the PF problems, my lungs and heart are adapting very quickly each time I move up another level. Four minutes seems as easy as three minutes. I don't want to give up but my body seems to be rebelling.
Sorry for the complaining. I'm just incredibly frustrated.