A Wise Man Once Said…

23 Feb

So, I’ve really sucked big time at blogging lately.  (No, that’s not what the wise man said.  I’ll get to that.)

I mean, I blogged about farts last time.  Granted, it was relevant because I was in spin class, which contributes to my Sweaty Life– the overarching subject of this blog.  But it was still basically a blog about how gross spinfarts are.  Yeesh.  (But thanks for the new vocab word, Kimra!)

My foot is still not good.  I’m still going to physical therapy twice a week.  Still wearing the boot to bed, doing PT exercises at home, wearing supportive shoe inserts, not running, BLAH BLAH BLAHHHHHH.   It’s now been 6 weeks since I ran at all (running for the train notwithstanding.)  It’s been 72 days since I got my PF diagnosis and I cut back severely on my mileage.  Not that I’m counting…

Yeah. I've put this pic up a few times before. I am here to tell you that sleeping in this thing is not fun. I tend to wake up about 3 hours later and take it off because I can't take it any longer.

I’m frustrated that, as I’ve mentioned a few times, the one decent substitute I can find for running is spinning, which costs a damn fortune.  I’m frustrated that I am doing something I enjoy LESS than my favorite, beloved exercise and yet spending much, much more money on it and getting much, much less sleep.  I have been getting up 3-4 days a week at 5 AM in order to catch the 5:30 train to Manhattan and jet on up to 67th and Third Ave for the 6 AM Flywheel class.   Waking up routinely at 5 AM is not what I consider “fun.”  Especially when I know waking up at 5 AM and RUNNING would get a decent amount of mileage in.  But getting to spin requires travel time.  Also, I’ve been getting ready at work in the mornings, which isn’t my favorite.  I recognize that I am definitely lucky that I have showers here, but I’d still much prefer to get ready at home.

Basically, not running (still) sucks.

BUT.  As a wise man once said, “Life ain’t a track meet — it’s a marathon!”

Yeah. The wise man is Ice Cube. And "You Can Do It" is one of my favorite rap songs of all time. Up there with "Juicy."

Whenever I’ve had tough times in the past, I’ve tried to remind myself that life is long (at least, I hope it is!) and that “this thing” (whatever the thing was at the time) is only temporary and will be a blip on the radar some day.  Like, “Oh, haha, remember when that happened?  That sucked!”

For all the other tough times, it’s been mostly true.  And I keep telling myself that the same will hold true for this.  One day (soon?!?!?!?  I hope!!!!!?????) when I’m back to running, I’ll be like, “Oh man, plantar fasciitis is a b*tch!  I dealt with that once!”

Now, I just need to stop reading the injury forum on Runners World, where there is a lot of doom-and-gloom anecdotal info on PF and focus instead on my physical therapist, who says that the only people who don’t recover well are the ones who refuse to stop running.  Everyone is WELL AWARE I am not running, so… as another wise man once said, “the waiting is the hardest part.”

Even though you are pretty fug, I love you a lot, Tom Petty

11 Responses to “A Wise Man Once Said…”

  1. Celia February 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    You will definitely get better an it will all be a distant memory! i do remember how awful it is to be injured though even though it was over a year ago 😦

    Stop reading those forums though!! Positive thoughts!!

    • Katie February 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      Is it getting old encouraging me? I hope not, ’cause your positivity really does help me. 🙂 THANK YOU!

  2. Josie February 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Ah that sucks… I really hope you get better soon!! I know you said you can’t go to a podiatrist because they cost a fortune, but do you have inserts or something like that? When I had PF, it was because I overpronate/ have flat feet- which stretches out the plantar (hence the pain/ inflammation). I got orthotics and got better.

    Keep thinking positively. As you said, its only a bump in a long road 🙂

    • Katie February 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Y’know, I’m willing to give the podiatrist a shot, I suppose. I’m actually kind of terrified that along with the $$$ spent, I will get my hopes way up… and then they orthotics won’t work and then I’ll be at the end of my rope. I am wearing inserts (sometimes Superfeet, sometimes Spenco) and have been for quite some time, but it seems they are not working. Sadz.

      • Katie February 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

        PS– and pls see what I said to Celia above. I am sure it is getting old, but it still means a lot, so THANK YOU! 🙂

  3. Kimra February 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Even thinking about the boot gives me the shakes. Mine is still in my closet (because at the time my insurance didn’t cover it and that bugger was expensive, so I’ve held onto it just in case) and every so often I come across it and have a “damn you PF” moment. Gah. But it is useful if, say, you travel with it and have to make a flight on a short connection and need some excuse to flag down a golf cart rather than run for it. Not that I would know that or anything.

    I’m realizing I should have given up reading the Runners World injuries forums for Lent. I think all the people with the worst versions of any injury anyone has ever had hang out there just to freak other people out.

    • Katie February 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Ha! So you have experienced the injuries forums, too?!?! They really f**k with my head! Good idea to abstain during Lent.

  4. Kristy February 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    😦 I wish I could cure your PF! this too shall pass, even if it does seem like it’s taking its good old time. i feel so bad that you can’t run…really i do. any real runner who is addicted to “running endorphins” (b/c we all know the endorphins from spinning are not the same) can imagine what the impact of NOT running is on your psyche!!!

    • Katie February 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Awww, Kristy, you are so sweet. It’s true and thank you for saying it. I often feel guilty for complaining so much about such a first world problem, but… it really sucks! Thanks for the sympathy! I really do appreciate it!

  5. thethinksicanthink February 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    A wise person told me the other day that everyone she knew with ITBS battled it for about 6 months, but that “no one has ITBS forever.” So, I pass this on to you, but just insert “PF” for “ITBS.”

    Same wise person also told me that I was gaining a lot of mental strength throughout my injury that I wouldn’t have gained otherwise. Think, you won’t complain as much about that tempo run when you know how much not running sucks, right? You’ll be tougher, too, for enduring this.

    And, when all else fails, blast “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Kelly Clarkson.

  6. Alli March 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Tom Petty is the hottest, fugliest person going. And he’s right. Hang in there, girl!

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