I'm pretty sure it's plantar fasciitis, which comes from over-exertion, especially if you're carrying some extra weight. So after a few failed attempts to get running, I did pretty well last year and got into a groove. With the mild winter, I was out jogging in January and February at lunch time during work hours. Mrs. FW and I were signed up for our very first 5K at the end of March, and about a month ago I went out running with her to help her increase her distance -- I'd gotten up to 7 miles last summer, but she still hadn't pushed past about 2, 2 1/2 miles. She gets done with her run and I keep going, do another 3 miles. Then another 3 miles. Yay! I think, my best distance ever! Not that I want to overdo it consistently, but I have this idea of running a half marathon before I'm 50.
But after the 9-miler, my right arch started hurting off and on. It'd feel better, so I'd go out and run a few miles at lunch time. Never properly rested it. So the week before the 5K, I decided not to jog at all, but I did go on trail runs with the dog a few times and re-tweaked it. Woke up the day of the race (cold, rainy) and decided to gut it out. So, fine. Started out pretty far back, not worried about my time, just wanted to get a 5K done, but soon found myself impatient to be with the slowpokes, and soon enough the competitive juices were flowing. Started threading my way through the pack of non-pros, and all was well. At the 2 mile mark, throbbing pain. People I'd passed were passing me. Soldiered on, not stopping, end of the race was two killer hills. Crossed the finish line (110th, 30:10, not great but I did it), and couldn't walk, immediately limping. Next day or two, couldn't even put weight on the foot. Limped for a week. Ice, elevation, Aleve, stretching (rolling arches over golf balls), etc. So almost two weeks later, still some pain, and not ready to start running again, but eyeing a 5K in May.
Funny thing is, running was torture for a while, something I thought of as necessary to get in shape, but without being able to run I have a real jones for it. Even was dreaming about it the other night. Hope to get some good sprints in and better my time by a few minutes. Maybe do the 13.1 in the fall.
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