No Rest for the Cranky Heel

Soo, I’ve been quiet.

You would figure with all the free time I have from not running, I would be blogging up a storm… however, without running, I am losing my blogging mojo with it.

To recap…

Heel pain that’s been making running distance or speed pretty uncomfortable, not painful but severely uncomfortable happening since December.

Went to the doctor… told me nothing is broken, that I have plantar fasciitis and that I should try Physical Therapy…

I didn’t believe him, but decided why not, let’s try this PT…

Went to PT… was very not impressed and after learning some calf and hip strengthening exercises decided that even though it’s covered by my insurance, twice a week visits were not really it.  I have nothing against my therapist but just got this vibe that she hasn’t worked with my heel problem or my type of runner often.  Plus it took her 3 days to email me the stretches that she told me she would. Either way, I just didn’t feel like the solutions worked for my problem.

Went to my chiropractor who was able to find where the heel issue was in my heel and confirmed that it has nothing to do with planter fascitis.  My PF has no inflammation and is happy as ever.  Science has never been a strength of mine but basically something happened where my Gastrocnemius, Soleus & Tibialis Anterior, basically the muscles that run up and down my calf/ankle area all came into a party and had a massive rager rave in my heel.  Now it’s in a constant state of hangover. Made sense to me since my left leg and side overall has been insanely tight overall. So he’ll be using I think a mix of Graston and ART.

Anyway, I can’t say my heel is feeling happy this weekend (even though I haven’t done much running) but hopefully with treatment and lots of stretching I will get rid of. I’m trying to be hopefully and not freak out about the stupid goals and races I held onto.

Boston is 12 weeks away

Wisconsin is 14 weeks away

Fargo is 15 weeks away

From everything I read, I cannot find anything concrete on how to make it go away as even rest is not helping.  A few things I read:

  • Myth ~ Inflammation is the cause heel pain.
    • Fact – inflammation is the natural healing process of the body. It’s a ‘signal’ of tissue damage and that the body is trying to isolate and heal the damaged tissue. It’s the result of repetitive stress onto the heel that prevents incomplete healing.
  • Myth ~ Rest is the best thing for the heel pain.
    • Fact – rest will only minimize the irritation of the irritated tissues. The scarred tissues will not go away on its own. It’s best addressed with a pro-active attitude with ice, manual therapy (e.g. Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Shock Therapy etc.), proper stretching and strengthening exercises.

I’m trying to keep positive as I’m sure even the elite go through periods where something is off, have a terrible, or low season and return stronger, better and PRed more than ever.  I’m trying… but it’s so hard having a issue that can’t seems to resolve itself on its own.

This too shall pass… I’m healthy and I’m running more than many other people wish they could… Plenty of marathons left in my future.

Controlling the Munchies & #SpecialKSnackBars

The past few months, which have felt like years, have been on and off in regards to running.  You’d figure my stomach would eventually catch on to less running, less eating… but old habits die hard, or least require some adjustments. When you’re running 80 miles a week, you don’t really question your runchies… when you’re running 8 miles a week, you probably should (unless you replaced it with other activity).

So I started paying closer attention to habits and altering them a bit to stay in line with my fitness activity.

Hydration – Sometimes I’m not so hungry as I am thirsty. I like to add lemon or a splash of juice to my water.  Also since I don’t like cold water in the winter, sometimes I add a few splashes from the hot water line to make it more room temperature.

Man drinking water from huge water bottle

Break Time- Around 2PM I get a craving.. but it’s really not a craving.. it’s more of a desire for an excuse to take a work break. I don’t drink coffee in the afternoon, but I’ll walk over to another floor or a water blubber further away from my desk to refill my bottle. Sometimes I just take a few minutes and walk around the block to clear my head on really busy days. It’s not hunger for food, but a hunger for a brain break. It’s okay, sometimes we feel so busy and so overwhelmed that taking a few minutes from our desk feels like cheating, when really it’s just an aid to recharge. You don’t need a purpose, just take a breath of fresh air. Assuming the office elevators aren’t doing some creepy American Horror type thing, I am usually in and out in about 7 minutes and completely spacing on those munchies I wanted earlier.

walk outside the office

Okay so this is actually a photo from the summer… but nothing like a nice short walk in negative 20 degree wind chills to wake you up? Right?

Healthier Treats- And sometimes you really are just a bit hungry and just a bit munchy so picking out a low calorie (but sweet cause I like treats) snack is needed.

Recently I had a chance to try the new Special K Chewy Snack Bars that come in Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate.

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I loved the Chewy texture and being able to see the Wholesome ingredients (chunks of chocolate, pretzel, fruit pieces, rolled oats).

And my favorite part is that these bars are on the smaller side and only 100 calories. I’m guilty of constantly eating half a granola bar and then finding the other half weeks later in my purse looks a whole lot less like a granola bar.

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Yup, there’s totally a bite in each…

One caveat is that they are relatively nut free abut with that, they are also low in protein and fiber.

Visit www.specialk.com for more information on the new Special K® Chewy Snack Bars, available January 2015 at grocery and mass retail stores nationwide. You can also find out more by joining the chatter on Kellogg’s Facebook ( Special K) Or Twitter ( Special K ).

What flavor Special K Chewy Snack Bar are you most excited to try?

Do you ever have munchies? What’s your favorite way to combat them?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.