Not going through with the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-marathon as planned, is I think, the ultimate test of my resolve ( and stubbornness ) to continue running, despite the lingering foot issue. Although, It’s hard for me to do. When I think about it now, I realized that I made the right decision. Running and I is on a hiatus at the moment. I can’t say I like it because I’d rather be out there. I miss it. Whenever I see someone running, I feel bad and I wish I’m running too.
After much thought and consideration, I finally arrive with the decision to go and seek professional help. My foot still bothers me. I think it’s the sensible thing to do and it’s about time. After the physiotherapist made the initial assessment, it’s confirmed that I have plantar faasciitis. Later on, I had a couple of treatments – shock wave therapy on my left foot and IMS on the back of my leg.
I am told not to run for awhile, until such time, my foot is healed. I have no explanation as to why it took me that long to have my foot look at. I figured if there’s nothing broken, then there’s no need to fix it. But as the days go by and the miles add up, my foot didn’t get any better and the discomfort lingered on.
Hard to admit it, I am fully to blame for my predicament right now. I mean, I was so engrossed with getting “high” and all, I forgot to take care of my body. Running is lot more than just putting one foot in front of the other. I don’t always stretch when I know I should. And most of all, I ignore the signs when my body tries to tell me to back off a bit, even if I feel fine. I overdid it. It’s all my fault and it sucks big time.
So now, I have no other choice but to wait it out. At times, I’m tempted to sing along with the Guns N’ Roses’ song “Patience”. I need all the patience I can muster to get over this seemingly forever bump with my running. I have scheduled a few more appointments with the physiotherapist and until he gives me the “thumbs up” sign to run again, I’ll stay put, try to do other stuff and think of happy thoughts.
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