Fear is paralyzing….stops us from achieving what we are capable of.
The past weekend both of my feet and legs have been bothering me. Weird sensations, sore and tingly arches, tight calves and hamstrings. I have been afraid to run for fear of bringing back my Plantar Faciitis – had it 2010 in Right foot and 2011 in Left. This fear has kept me from running…..which is stupid as I need to start my training for upcoming races.
I am really sick of the pain dealing with the PF: the pain, the sensible shoes and wish I didn’t have to stretch out daily, BUT I DO. This past weekend I decided once again NOT to run, but I did make sure I did my stretching 3 times during the day.
This morning, I just got out of bed and said “GO RUN. Just GO” – I had to talk myself into it while I was laying there about to wake up – good thing my running clothes and shoes had been sitting by my bed for 5 days in preparation. And away I went. I need to turn the fear OFF. The minor aches weren’t what was keeping me inside…it was the FEAR of re injury. I have found that has kept me from running before…. or the fear that people will think a slow overweight older lady has no business in a race or calling herself a runner.
I am turning it OFF.
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Great job on the run! I remember how scared I was returning to running after I injured my IT band. Luckily it hasn’t bothered me since I took some time off. Hopefully your PF is a thing of the past!