“The Miracle isn’t that I Finished, The Miracle is that I had the Courage to Start”

Friday, March 4, 2011


I  have been MIA for the past few days doing some Sole Searching.

My training has not been going so well lately. Many factors can be figured in.

Plantar Fasciitis
No Motivation a.k.a Depression

I have not been able to run farther then 4.5 miles in the last few weeks.  And now that I think of it my work-outs have been shit  Crap!

Should I start from the beginning...  Started training for the TX/NM Half Marathon Challenge  in the end of January.  With the help of a Running Coach, which I won off of a giveaway from Secrets of a Running Mom.  I am trying to get my Half down to 2 hours.  And this is the year I deem it will happen! 

I really have never seriously trained in the winter months and the weather here in the Panhandle of Texas has been Crazy along with my workload.  So I had to hit the treadmill for most of my training runs. I embraced the mill and was rocking it.  When my heel began to hurt.  I started switching shoes but nothing helped.  Ended up at the Doctor, Plantar Fasciitis was confirmed.  Night splint, ice, take it easy.  I have been swimming and riding the bike but it really is not the same.  I Love To Run!   

 Doctor said he would give me a cortisone shot in my foot if after a couple of weeks it wasn't any better.  I did a few short runs and then headed back to the Doc.  I received my shot on Monday.  I noticed a huge difference the next day.  I could walk with no pain.  I still have to wear the night splint, still need to take it easy on my runs, but no pain.  YEA! 

Too Late though Depression has set in.  I have no motivation to even get out there now.  What the heck is wrong with me?  I feel so overwhelmed that I can't seem to get my head back in the game.  I keep thinking of all the training I missed.  And how am I going to make up for it?  Do I have enough time to prepare for my Half?  

Thank goodness for my Running Buddy JL..  Cape Cods were the drink of choice as we solved our life's problems in as little as 2 hours.  I came to realize that I was taking the fun and simplicity out of running.  I want to run, I don't want to have to run...

So here is the new philosophy


I am going to keep my runs simple and fun. I will not fret about missing a run due to work, weather. (We have killer wind out here, today wind was blowing 30mph), or heel pain. I am going to find the joy in running again.  And it starts Tomorrow! 

Have you ever lost the fun in your run?

How did you get it back?

Any big plans this weekend?

If your going to run, Run Half Crazy!


Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I think this is completely normal Check out Run with Kate's latest 2 posts and she touches on this subject. Some time off is a great fix.

I am going to take your CRAZY with me on my 20 tomorrow!! :)

coach dion said...

Sunday's run will be HALF CRAZY...

Michelle said...

I'm really sorry you've been struggling - I think it is totally normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed at times...and being injured doesn't help!

Love your KISS attitude! Have a good weekend!!

Anonymous said...

Totally normal!! Hang in there, be strong, you know it's in there! I've got a 17 mile run to do today.

Cat B. said...

Good for you. Don't take it too seriously or you will suck the fun right out of it. Enjoy the run for what it is...good and bad.
Good post!

Penny said...

I think you are doing the right thing. You will find the joy in running again. Maybe you just need to try some other form of exercise for a bit, till you get the plantar fasciitis under control. Hang in there.