I miss running

I haven’t been able to run in about 6 months.

I love to run.

Back in March, during one of my training runs for the Boston Marathon, I had some pain in my left arch. I iced it, rested it and ran again. It felt okay.

Then I went to an event in NYC and wore mega high heeled boots for, like, 6 hours straight.

Afterward my arch was on fire. And it literally has never felt the same again.

I’ve been told I have everything from tendonitis to plantar fasciitis to plantar fibromatosis.

Basically, depending on the day (or hour), the bottom of my foot is probably in pain, numb, inflamed – or a combination of the three – anywhere between my heel or my toes (but mostly right along the arch).

I’ve been going to physical therapy since July, which has helped. I bought arch supports at CVS, which helped a little. I got custom orthotics made, which were very expensive but didn’t help at all.

I’ve been able to do yoga and ride my bike and lift weights, but sometimes my arch will hurt even when I do something that usually feels okay.

And I miss running.

I miss running with Brian. It’s how we really got to know each other when we first met. It is, actually, how we met.

I miss running with my Mom. It’s how we kept each other motivated to work out last winter.

And now my Dad has taken up running and I feel like I’m missing out on running with him. He has always been one of my biggest supporters, and I want to share the joy of running with him.

It is very frustrating.

I want to run again!

Have you ever had to take time off from something you love?

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  1. 10.5.11
    Dad said:

    You will run again Jet…i just know that you will. Love Dad

  2. 10.5.11
    Dawn said:

    Aww Jane, how frustrating for you – especially someone so active as you. I’m sorry it’s taking so long to get back to it – I hope it happens soon!

  3. 10.6.11
    Poyee oster said:

    Wow.. 6 months is a long time without running. I feel for you, Jane. 🙁
    You will run again. Even if you don’t believe it yourself, believe your dad. You will…and when you do,we will be all there to cheer for you! 🙂

  4. 10.6.11
    Kelly said:

    I SO understand. I was attempting to get back into shape and pulled my neck during an exercise and made a disc in my neck swell. It’s painful, and has been persistent for a over a year. I get regular care and do daily exercises and I think I’m doing better but then blam! I’m back to square one. I can’t run because it causes too much pain. I’m trying to find other things to fill the gaps (and help me get back in shape) but it’s tough.

  5. 10.6.11
    Heather said:

    Jane, I’m so sorry!! I know how you love running and honestly, you make me want to run. You are an inspiration girl! I’m sure you have heard of this but I read two different articles last week about “barefoot running”…like with those Vibram shoes or other thin soled shoes. Apparently, it’s supposed to help with issues that keep people from being able to run like plantar fascitis. I’m thinking about trying them because I’ve got knee issues and shin pain from my (MUCH) younger days of playing softball!

  6. 10.6.11
    Jennifer said:

    I know exactly how you feel. I got a stress fracture last spring from running in my tibia which put me on crutches and in a boot for 2 months and 4 months off from any impact activity. But, I came back slowly and ran my first half marathon last month. Have another one next month. I love to run b/c it’s “me time”. I saw a shirt that said it best “running, it’s cheaper than therapy”. YOu sound motivated, so just listen to your body and you will get there. Good luck.

  7. 10.6.11

    oh i can so relate!! Between my foot injuries and pregnancies, I have barely been able to run and I miss it so much! It’s definitely my form of therapy!

    Plantar F. is a tough one to resolve, I hope you can get back out there soon!

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