Posts Tagged ‘health’

So, I have a new accessory and it looks like this:

Isn’t it a pretty ski boot type thing??! Maybe I should get the girls to decorate it!

After months of dealing with plantar fasciitis (and trying to learn how to spell it correctly!) plus some new added top of the foot pain I decided to go to the doctor to get my left foot checked out again. I was getting tired of running through the pain and well, basically just having a sore foot while standing or walking around. And, I would like to remind you that there is A LOT of walking around in NYC!

On Thursday I went to a wonderful foot/ankle doc who listened to my ailments, promptly sent me to x-rays and then diagnosed me with a stress fracture on my second metatarsal (basically the area on top of my foot located under my second toe), a nasty heel spur and of course, the lingering plantar fasciitis. Fun times!! And now I wear the boot. It will cushion by heel, support the foot and allow it to heal. It is actually rather comfy if a bit awkward. My right foot might get jealous of all the special treatment 😉 Next week I am also going back to the Dr. to try a new procedure called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Injection) that will use my own platelets separated from my own drawn blood and then the platelet rich blood will be injected into the injury site on my heel. Sounds kind of cool, I will let you know how it goes.

The big bummer of course, is that I will not be able to run for the next little while. I am aiming to get back at it in the new year. This is something that really doesn’t make me happy especially since I LOVE this type of weather to run in. I am one of those crazy cold weather runners. I will also miss my running ladies =(

Luckily, the doc told me that I can still spin and swim. Maybe this is a good time to work on triathlon training?! I get a little cranky when I am forced to slow down. Yesterday I pushed it a bit and I was sore… I know that I need to rest but, well, I can’t help it, I come by my stubbornness quite honestly. I really do want to get all these issues with my foot resolved so I will listen and behave… no really, I will. Maybe the plus side of this is that I will be offered a seat on the subway?? Doubtful.

Anyhoo, if you need to find me I will be resting or perhaps working up a sweat on a bike a soul cycle… 😉

Have a great weekend! S xo

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Okay, I am going to admit it.  I have a love/hate relationship with running.

There used to be NO relationship between myself and running.  We were as far apart as Sarah Palin and reality.  I used to pass runners in my car at all times of day and think that they were totally insane to be out pounding the pavement.  I only ran if I was scared.

And then a very strange thing happened a few years back.  A couple of good friends in my neighbourhood and I, decided to join a learn-to-run program so that we could get into shape.  I gained a respect for runners and slowly I became one myself. Now, it did not happen overnight. When I first started I could barely run for one minute without collapsing and gasping for air. I wanted to quit numerous times.  In fact, I have quit numerous times.  This is what I mean by love/hate relationship.

Since I started running I have trained religiously, three to four times a week and raced a few 5K’s and a couple of 10K’s.  And then I stop.  Usually it is because my life (or so I like to believe) has become too stressful and other things become a priority and I can’t fit in the runs.  Really these are just lame excuses.  The whole beauty of running is that you can do it anywhere and all you need is a pair of running shoes and space. But for some reason, I stop.  And then I feel guilty.

Running makes me feel amazing.  It relieves stress.  I am able to think about the day and with each step that I take, a bit of the stress is pounded into the pavement.  It is alone time.  I love the solitude.  Just me and my music, pushing myself to go a little longer or a little faster.  And I love the health benefits, I always feel more energized.  So… why does it sometimes seem soo hard to get my butt of the couch and go?!

I think it is because I train really hard and then I stop and it is really hard to get back into it again.  Nothing deeper than that.  I have to make it a priority.

Yesterday I went on my first run in about four months.  It was raining and gloomy.  My kind of running weather.  I am one of those bizarre people who actually enjoys running in the rain, snow and cold.  I detest running in the heat.  I ran along the Hudson River. It was awesome.  And again, I asked myself, why did I stop?

No more excuses, this time I am in for the long haul.  Running really is about 90% mental, so I just have to stop playing games with myself, commit to the relationship and let go of the hate.

My First 5K with 4 Fabulous Women! (#989)

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