Type: Tempo Run
Distance: 3.0 miles
Average Heart Rate: 157 bpm
Average Pace: 8:20 min/mile
It was a good little run. I did not run in South Carolina because I spent time with the family instead, so I did not know what to expect from this run. I felt pretty solid from beginning to end, except for my quads. My quads were a little burnt from my ride yesterday. I guess that ride took a little more out of me than I wanted to admit. Regardless, this was a good run.
And a race calendar update — I am not registered for all the races that are open that I have on my cycling schedule for this summer. I made it into the Double Triple Bypass in Colorado, registration for the Ultimate Challenge that is held in conjunction with the Tour of Utah has not opened yet, and I am using the Huntsman’s Hometown Heroes program to get into LOTOJA. This means I am registered for LOTOJA and the Double Triple. I am seriously on cloud nine now. Those are my two A races this summer and I am in. Luck is definitely on my side right now.
Plantar Fasciitis is Horrible
If you have never had a problem with plantar fasciitis, then count yourself lucky. I will get a case in my right foot that flares up from time to time. I am pretty sure mine is caused by an imbalance in my stride. My right side has always been my stronger side, a fact I blame on being a very strong right-footed soccer player as a kid. Once I said that out loud, it didn’t seem like a legitimate excuse. I am working to correct this, but it does take time.
I know people who are literally crippled by their plantar fasciitis. It is so debilitating that they can’t do anything more than walk. Only a medical professional should and can diagnose plantar fasciitis because well, they went to school for this type of thing and should be able to help you. In addition to them, there are additional resources available on the web to help you prevent this condition through stretching and resistance training.
I dug through a lot of videos on this subject and I found this little gem. The individual featured on the video is well-educated and never contradicts anything I have heard from a doctor, PT, or coach on the topic. While his graphics are weak, the information is fantastic. There are several of the stretches and exercises that are featured on this video that I have been doing for about 12 months now that I credit with helping my plantar fasciitis disappear.