If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been struggling with plantar fasciitis. I got SO many great tips for dealing with plantar fasciitis on this post – thank you all for your advice! Even after backing my mileage way off, it doesn’t seem to be getting much better. One day it’s better, and then the next day it feels terrible. So I scheduled a massage to work on my calves (which are super tight) and reached out to my PT to get an appointment. I’m also using the lacrosse ball under my foot at least once a day (or a frozen water bottle) and trying to wear supportive shoes (rather than cute sandals or heels!). And I’m going to map out my workouts for the week – with no running. Having a plan will help me avoid defaulting to running for my workouts!
Here’s what I did last week!
Last week’s workouts
M – REST
T – 6 miles, 8:28 pace + upper body lifting
I ran to the gym, did some upper body lifting and ran home from the gym. I used to do the run-lift-run routine a lot when I had a gym at my apartment and I loved it. My gym is a little further away now so it’s harder to squeeze it, but now that it’s light in the mornings, I may start doing it more often!
W – 6 miles, 7:54 pace
I ran with my friend Kim, who ran the Buffalo Marathon last weekend! She’s such a strong runner. I was suffering on this run – so hot, so hilly, oof. She didn’t seem phased by it!
Th – Hot Vinyasa at Yoga Dogz
This was a slow-moving class that felt AMAZING.
F – REST
Sa – Circuit Training (see the Pin at the bottom to save this workout for later!)
I did 15 min on the elliptical to warm up and my foot was killing me! I had wore my Nike Metcons which I typically LOVE for Crossfit and lifting workouts. But I guess with this plantar fasciitis, I need to put my superfeet inserts in there, which I always wear with my running shoes. Once I got off the elliptical, it felt fine while I lifted. I was hoping the elliptical would be good cross-training while I reduce mileage, but maybe not?
I did 3 circuits, 3 rounds of each, 12-15 reps of each:
- bicep curls, overhead press, curtsy lunge
- tricep dips, seated pull-back, wood choppers
- overhead tricep dip, slam balls, upright rows
Su – 6.2 miles, 8:43 pace
I took it easy on this run and really eased into the pace. (My first mile was about 9:05). The plantar fasciitis pain seemed a lot better than the day before.
Total Miles: 18.3 miles
How I’m Feeling: I’m super frustrated at my plantar fasciitis, but hey, at least it happened AFTER I ran the Boston Marathon!! I’m kind of having a hard time adjusting my mileage down after marathon training, which surprises me. I was so ready to be done with training leading up to the race, but I’m still itching to run higher mileage. I do miss some of the muscle tone I had pre-marathon training, so I’m trying to use the plantar fasciitis as an excuse to get back to lifting. And heaven knows I need yoga in my life, so I’m scheduling that once a week too. My gym also now has RPM, so I plan to add that to the rotation as well. And fingers crossed we get some better WODs at my CrossFit gym so I actually want to go! Our programming has been so hit and miss for so long. :/
If you’ve dealt with plantar fasciitis, what cross-training felt okay?
P.S. If you missed it, I did a round-up of Memorial Day sales + my picks from the Nordstrom & J.Crew sales. Many stores sales are still going past the holiday so stock up on summer staples while prices are low! Read the post here.
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