running and life pains…

i’m on week 12 of 16 week training for half marathon happening in May.

40 days to go…

when i started with my train plan last January, there was already a tinge of pain on my left heel. so week after week i did what i had to, rest, ice, massage, loosen up my heel, bought orthotic pads, “golf-balling”, stretching, even tried learning chi running!  from a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being sorest, mine is about 3 or 4. but it only happens at the beginning of my runs, then it just goes away about 5 to 10 minutes after.

also, for short runs,  i take a one-minute stop for water breaks since halfway through my route,  i pass by my house. then i observed that if i hit the road again, there’s the pain once more, for a few minutes, then gone…. until i finish my scheduled distance happily.

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you know runners have the tendency to continue running not really minding some aches and pains,, my husband would call it “crazy”, i call it “crazy passion” he he.. so, i know i can overcome this pain, and i see it as minor only, hoping it won’t get worse, fingers crossed. anyway, the event is happening soon, then after that, i can already either retire from running or just take it easy. so, no big deal actually.

this morning, before going out for my run, i was in pain,, heartbroken, i.e….but i decided to just gear up, with my eyes swollen (from crying), run my blues away.

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do you run away from hurts and pains?   i do.   but not without convincing myself that everything will be better. besides, i always remember that pain is just temporary, i mean, i know a lot may be physically in constant pain, but still, it’s gonna go away…. it will..

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147:3

M.

healing my heel…

it’s week 7 of 16 week training for half marathon. 72 days to go.

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last boxing day (December 26th), i bought two pairs running shoes from Adidas outlet store (everything was 50%). one was Kanadia tr 5 GTX for trail running and the other was Lite pacer women’s. i have been experiencing slight heel pains late last year, i suspect it was a worn out running shoes so it was about time i bought a new pair.

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trail running shoes is bit heavier but it gives me comfort and stability. the second pair is sooo light, that i can’t wait to run with it. since January when i began my 16 week train plan, i only tried the Lite pacer once, and sad to say, it hurt the ball of my foot. so i have been running with the trail shoes.

luckily, i got myself a good pair of orthotic insoles (store bought), triple-zone protection they called it (for the forefoot, arch, and heel support)…. guess what happens? i never thought i can reach my race pace without feeling exhausted really! i was so thrilled!! but downside of it.. the heel pain kinda persisted.

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i have read about P.F. (Plantar Fasciitis) and i think what i am having is not it, fingers crossed. like right now, i feel okay, as if nothing is going on. but of course i cannot be so sure that it won’t lead to that, or any other heel/foot injury. I HOPE NOT!!! i had better start preventive measures rather than aggravate it and that would be really sad news. you know me, i believe in our bodies’ capacity to self heal, as long as we do what we ought to do with it.

if you visit our small apartment, you will find golf balls under my worktable, they are my best ball-friends from my golfer friend, Phil, he he,, i use them after every run, or even as i type my blog,, for my foot massage, and it feels so good. it was also my therapy for my frozen shoulder. i place the ball under my left shoulder blades while lying on my firm bed and to knead, i rotate my arm and adjust where it gives me a good massage and it works really well! plus of course with icing and stretching for my foot and the heat pad for my now almost cured frozen shoulder :)…

so now, the question is, how much should i run with this pain or should i just continue with the icing and the stretching and golf balling?? i plan to run my long run this weekend, then i will decide from there. if it will be necessary for me to rest from running for a while, i will.

Also, i would keep in mind what my friend, Allyn told me this morning, ‘go for support shoe than light shoe’, that was a good advice. thank you my dear friend.

let you know what happens next. will my heel heal?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13 (Thank You, Lord,,, )

M.