Pain, Pain, Go Away

I did a 6 mile run this morning. Actually, a 10K. Let’s be precise here. Twice the distance I ran yesterday, still at a pretty easy pace. I’m still playing it safe, and realizing not every run has to be full out.


I’m just a girl, standing in front of a garage, asking for my foot to stop hurting

After the run, my left heel started feeling weird again like it did on Sunday. I hesitate to use the words “hurt” or “pain” because those are too extreme for what it is. It just feels like someone hit it with a hammer maybe 5 days ago and I’m still feeling the bruise. Like Kathy Bates in Misery was like, kind of annoyed with me. I’m not limping. It’s not that bad. This is one of those times I need to really pay attention to my body because it’s borderline pain – not bad enough not to run but also not well enough to not not run. And I do not want to not not… not… run.

In the past, I’ve chosen to run on soreness like this and regretted it later – usually in the case of a tight hip flexor, something that thankfully hasn’t happened ever since I started stretching my hips after runs. But I’ve also run on sore calves and been fine, and then the soreness eventually went away. Hmm. Decisions. What’s behind Door #1? A new car or plantar fasciitis?

I’ll play it by ear, which I’ve done all my life (seriously, I can play piano by ear – as long as it’s a pop song or something similarly uncomplicated. It’s a good party trick and we can talk about it more another time). I’ll see how I feel tomorrow. I just hope I can run. Not just for my mental health, but for Bagel Friday. As tomorrow, you see, is Bagel Friday.

I took the advice of a fellow runner in one of my Facebook groups for runners and purchased a wobble board today. I also finally bought a foam roller. As well as some hair product. The wobble board and foam roller should be interesting additions to my workout gear (the hair product, less interesting). I can’t wait to try them out and report back.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting the minutes until Bagel Friday.





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