Runner In Recovery

You know the familiar and overused cliche:

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”

Well, I’ve been making a lot of lemonade lately!

This post is long overdue, and that’s mostly because I really am in denial about my inability to run.  You see since May 10th I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis.  Unfortunately, the bad days have certainly outnumbered the good days, but the fantastic news is that my foot has gotten better, although it is not healed!   Disappointingly,  the few times I have attempted to run my foot has rebelled in a MAJOR way and I have suffered significant set backs. 😦

Pinterest Inspired, of course!

Pinterest Inspired, of course!

So what have I been doing to try to stay on top of my game?  First off, I have reluctantly turned into a swimmer.  Check out my *beautiful* swim gear!



Our school district has a spectacular pool available to the community members, so Matt and I usually head on over in the evenings.  I swim for a 1/2 hour and complete around fifty laps.  Mind you, I consider a lap from one end of the pool to the bulk head.  What I like about swimming is that when I am in the pool my foot is completely pain free and I feel great after the swim.

Ahhh…. here I am in the pool swimming my favorite stroke, the breast stroke.

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Swim, Swim, Swim!

I have also taken up riding my mountain bike.  I am able to ride around the various neighborhoods in my area and I have even taken the bike on the local rail trail (where I ran the Bob Potts marathon in the spring of 2012).  I usually ride around ten miles and I absolutely love riding on the rail trail!

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Since I have taken up biking and swimming Matt thinks I am secretly training for a triathlon!  Ha! Ha!  But, no thank you!  The thought of riding a road bike scares the livin’ daylights out of me!

Last but not least, I have been trying to keep up with my strength training.  I am doing BODYPUMP two to three times a week.  While BODYPUMP does cause pain in my foot during the exercises, my foot usually does not rebel after the workout.  With this being the case, I’ll continue to push myself with my strength training.

Kia Kaha - Be Strong!

Kia Kaha – Be Strong!

Well, I have these beautiful new Brooks Ravenna sneakers patiently waiting for me to take them for a real run.

My New Brooks!  Love Them!

My New Brooks!
Love Them!

So in the meantime I know I need to be:

Pinterest Again!  Thanks, Alicia

Pinterest Again!
Thanks, Alicia

Because I know that:


What do you do when life hands you lemons?

Thanks for visiting my blog!

15 thoughts on “Runner In Recovery

  1. I am so sorry to hear that! I am glad to hear you are trying to stay positive and getting involved in other fitness activities. Keep the faith! Sending positive thoughts.

  2. I’m proud of you for finally writing about your foot! You will get it under control, it is just taking longer than you expected. I liked your kia kaha mention and when I was first skimming through my feedly, I saw the picture of the HS pool and was like, WHO GOES THERE?!??! LOL then I saw it was you 🙂

  3. Try that KT tape–there is a good video on the KT tape website for taping for Plantar Fasc. I am trying to heal a minor toe pain–and the KT tape offers good support! I’m thinking about taping my wrists too for extra support when I go to Les Mills classes!

    • I actually wore it for a 1/2 marathon I ran in June and it seemed to work. I’m not sure why I haven’t wore it since then! Thanks for the reminder and I might try it for Body Pump too because my wrist was bothering me too! Good luck with your toe. 🙂

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  5. Your recovery sounds so much like mine – even down to the exact same sneakers waiting for the next run! I have stress fractures now leading me to alter my half marathon training, but did have a bout of plantar fasciitis after a 60 mile charity walk. The good news is, once it subsided, it really has not recurred. Hope the same is true for you.


    • Linda, I’m glad to hear your PF subsided. That’s very encouraging news for me! I love my new Brooks and am excited to take them out for a “real” run. I wish you a speedy recovery with your stress fracture. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog!

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