The agony of de-heel

I was feeling good.  The day before, I just had the best 5 mile run, coming in under an 8:00 mile.  This day I chose to take it easy and not push it.  As I ran, my heel spur began to bother me.  It has been bothering me a lot lately.  So I concentrated on my form and tried to relax.

The run continued and I sped up a bit.  I was really wanting to have another good run.  I shouldn’t have done that.  My heel began hurting more and I kept relaxing and running.  At the 4 mile point, it hit.  The pain.  There was definitely something wrong.  I stopped immediately and began to walk.  Shortly the walk became a limp.  I had to walk a quarter mile back to my car and it took almost as long as it did to run the 4 miles.

I then limped for 4 days.  I had a lot to get done and didn’t ice it like I should have.  I still don’t know if it is my achilles or heel spur.

The good news is that I bought that bike over black Friday.  My heel didn’t hurt at all riding the bike.  I rode with my only daughter one day.  She has suffers a lot from Fibromyalgia and it was great riding slowly through the neighborhood with her.

Sunday was also good.  I went riding at the State Park with RS.  We rode a lot.  We rode mountain trails and roads.  The trails were really hard to get used to at first, but by the end, we were riding hard and having a lot of fun.  We rode some roads for a while and then headed back to the car.  Going up the hill to where we parked was hard as my legs were rubber.  Funny that I can run 5 miles hard and fast, but I can’t ride 5 miles without major effort.

Today, 5 days after my injury I am doing better.  I walked without a limp and have little pain.  I won’t have time to run again until Wednesday, so I should be good to go.

I was just thinking a week ago that what has kept me from running most lately has been other health issues (stones, mainly), and then this…

Either way, I will be back.  I will run.  I will keep the edge and, Lord willing, I will run another marathon… Boston maybe!


12 thoughts on “The agony of de-heel

  1. You will be back! We were JUST talking about how we have bikes now for just these reasons. My husband and I both feel like when injuries rain, they pour. You start to feel like it will never end or you will never be back. But with a bit of patience you will surprise yourself. I’m really sorry to hear that your heel is nagging you but I am confident you will be back and soon.

  2. I’m right there with you on the heel front! Bone spur and inflammation of the tendon. I run, ice and limp. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It’s just another little bump in the road, friend! You can get past this – look at how far you’ve already come and all that you have dealt with!

  3. Bugger. Sorry to hear you’ve injured yourself Tom. I’d recommend the RICE treatment on it after every run if you’re still getting niggles after Wednesday, just as a preventative. Good work on the cross training!

    • Will do on the RICE treatment Bernie. Thanks. Maybe this injury is just to get me doing the cross training that I have never really wanted to do! I hope your injury recovery is still going along well!

  4. Do you drink, Tom? I recommend adding W (wine) to the RICE regimen. Seriously, I am sorry to hear this, and I am in a similar boat, not able to get back to running because of constant issues. Someday we will be back to those high mileage weeks, and we will be full of nothing but gratitude, right? Good luck with your next run!

    • WICE sounds like a great plan! The MaybeMarathoner RX for injury recovery!? Honestly, I think my obsession for speed has been my downfall. I think I may just become 278toHealthy and stop the Boston goal for a while. I hope you can recover soon and get back to running. And yes, gratitude will be the word when we get back into the runs!!!

    • Thanks. I know you are right! I tried running a little yesterday, but knew fairly shortly after I began that I was not ready. I’m getting my bike out of the shop today and will try some hill rides! 🙂

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