So, the good news is that I’m back to running (though it is very low mileage) and I’m very happy about that. The bad news is that my foot is still giving me some problems. I’ve finally figured out that it is plantar fasciitis, and if I keep on top of it, running is okay. I do need the healing process to speed up, however, because I’ve got things to train for! There’s the LA Marathon in February, which I mentioned before, but there’s also a huge trip before that that will require a fully cooperating body. My husband and I are going to Costa Rica and running through the rainforest in Southern Pacific area of the country. It will be 94 miles in 6 days – anywhere from 6 to 20 miles per day.
I am still doing Neurokinetic Therapy once to twice per week to fix the dysfunctions in my body that are actually causing the PF and I think that is helping. Aside from all the home therapy (rolling on a golf ball, rolling and stretching the calves, sleeping in a Strassburg sock, etc), I’m also getting shockwave therapy once a week and am starting ART in a few days. There is nothing I won’t try right now.
On another note, I found an awesome new coach! I’ve been working with her for about a month now and so far it’s been great. Working with her is an entirely different experience than working with my previous coach – not in a good or bad way, just different. My old coach was exactly what I was looking for the first time around, but now that I’m ready to get more serious about this Ironman thing, I’m ready to go in a different direction. It just goes to show that every coach is different and it might take a few tries to find the right style and personality that is right for you, but the right coach is out there. And, as your training and experience progresses, you might be ready to find a new style or philosophy of coaching that matches your new goals and needs.