I Would Punch a Baby in the Face To Go For a Run Right Now*

20 Mar

Listen, I love babies.  My niece and nephew (OK, they are 2.5 and 5, respectively– not babies) are the loves of my life.  (I still call them babies.)  Tons of my besties have babies that I adore, including my dear friend Jen, who I am going to visit this weekend.  I’ll be meeting little Molly for the first time, just before her 1st birthday!

This is from Jen's bridal shower-- that's me with Jen (the other blonde) and Cookie (far left) who is also coming to visit Jen with me. That's Emmy on the far right. She isn't coming, because she is a 2nd year medical resident and hardly ever gets to do fun stuff any more. 😦

Anyhow, I’m kidding.  Jen, please do not forbid me from coming.  I promise I would never even think of punching Molly.

But it’s really difficult for me to express how badly I want to run.  It’s been 10 LONG WEEKS since my last run.  It’s been practically 4 months now since my PF diagnosis when I cut back on my mileage.  I feel like a broken record because I KNOW I’ve repeated this information again and again.

Yeah, I’m appealing for sympathy.

Actually, I’m appealing for good wishes for Friday.  Friday is when the PRP is happening.

Whenever I think too much about it, I actually start to feel a bit weak and woozy.  I am trying not to freak out about it because that is not helping at all.  And my doc is making it sound like it’s no big deal.

I’ve consulted some friends, family, and acquaintances who are doctors and Meggie even put me in touch with a doctor who is pretty serious runner and also had PRP for her PF!  (Meggie, you win awesome blog buddy of the year!)  This has all made me feel better about going forward with the procedure.

My dear friend Elizabeth, who is getting her PhD in bioethics, sent me a long and informative email with her thoughts on PRP.  She detailed a myriad of excellent points, including this one, which had not occurred to me but is very valid:

“…because PRP is not a drug, it is not being marketed by pharmaceutical companies out to
make money. Yes, the treatment itself does obviously cost something and someone is making money off of it, but it doesn’t have the likes of Pfizer or other big pharma companies with huge PR and marketing departments
advertising the treatment to the masses.”

*Eliz, I hope you don’t mind me quoting you, but you’re just so darn eloquent.

The overwhelming consensus from my due diligence is that while it may not work, (PLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE LET IT WORK) it is not harmful.

But OH PLEASE LET IT WORK.

I have experienced a lot of strife from this little foot injury– some of which I’ve detailed on the blog, but a lot of which I have not.  I know it sounds dramatic.  But yeah, not running has been really difficult for me.  Especially since I have been doing just what I’m supposed to.  Plantar fasciitis is the most frustrating injury because it just seems there is never an end in sight, and I have gotten so many instructions that confuse me.

“Try barefoot running!”

“Never EVER go barefoot!”

“Don’t wear flat shoes!  They have no arch support!”

“Don’t wear heels!  They tighten up your calves!”

Etc etc.  People swear by all kinds of remedies, but the most popular ones (the night splint and no running and PT) have obviously not worked for me.  Time to pull out the big guns, er needles.  WAH.

On a lighter note, I watched the NYC Half on Sunday, which was a lot of fun!  Lori PRed and did awesome!  Celia and Josie nailed it, too!  I was waiting eagerly for Lori to pass at 47th and 7th and snapped a bunch of random photos in the meantime.

I don't know these people, but lookin' good, runners!

I was so excited when I finally saw Lori that I completely forgot to take a pic!  Luckily, she sent over this one, in which she looks amahhhhhzing.

Rockstar!

So this weekend, I have to get this little pesky injection out of the way, then it’s off to Charlotte for a girls’ weekend.  And next weekend… well, next weekend I will go spectate another race (one I am signed up for, sigh) and I will do it with a smile and — I hope– feeling as though I’m on the brink of running again myself.  I hope.  I hope.  I hope.  I hope……

*just to further clarify, I would never actually punch a baby**!  Look at this face (my nephew, when he actually WAS a baby.)  LOVE

**the only baby I would actually punch is that f**king Stewie from Family Guy.  I hate that baby.

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17 Responses to “I Would Punch a Baby in the Face To Go For a Run Right Now*”

  1. Lara March 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    If it makes you feel any better, I’m signed up for Boston and can’t even walk without pain right now…
    (NeuroRunnerGirl)

    • Katie March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      OMG, Neuro! I’ve missed you! I had to stay away from the forum bcs it’s been too painful (and I’m a jerk.) But this is very upsetting news!!! I am so truly sorry to hear this! It does NOT make me feel better! 😦

      • Lara March 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

        Yeah I hear ya, it’s hard for me to read it right now too! I get jealous of everyone running and feel like I’m a lazy bum. I was feeling pretty good about Boston, planning to go under 3:20, now it’s looking like I won’t be able to run it. I was fine until a 15K race on 3/11, I don’t even know what happened but somehow I injured the SI joint (lower back and hip). I’m seeing a Dr tomorrow so my last hope is a cortisone injection. I can’t believe it’s been 10 weeks for you!! That is just horrible, I hope it’s not too much longer!

  2. Celia March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout!

    Hope the PRP works! Your injury saga makes me sad 😦

    • Katie March 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks, Celia! I hope it works, too… it’s been way too long that I’ve been whining about this stupid foot! Congrats again on killing that race! You amaze me!

  3. Mom March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    You know I’m there with you, if only in spirit. You will be fine. Just don’t watch. I know how you are with *sparkle* references. XOXO

  4. Kristy (@RunTheLongRoad) March 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    your post title made me laugh!

    yeah for PRP! i’m glad you decided to do it 🙂

    fingers and toes crossed for you, as always!

    • Katie March 21, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Thanks, as always, Kristy! 🙂

  5. Sarah March 21, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I love your blog!!! You totally just say it how it is for runners and I love it! I will be thinking about you on Friday and praying the PRP works for you! Have you tried Active Release Therapy (ART)? I am now a HUGE supporter of it and I know my favorite runner Kara Goucher has used it for her injuries too. I talked to my Doctor about it and he said he has great results with PF, he also thought the PRP was a a great idea! Here is hoping you are out there on the road again soon as a fellow “sweat” sister

    • Katie March 21, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks, Sarah! I really appreciate the good wishes. I think my PT has been doing some version of ART and still no real progress, unfortunately. (I love KG, too– who doesn’t??;))
      Good to hear your doc gives the PRP the stamp of approval! I am really excited for you for Eugene! I look forward to hearing about it. When are you coming to NYC? 🙂

  6. Kelly March 21, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Hope the PRP goes well and works, Katie!! Keep us posted! And that baby is way too cute to punch 🙂

  7. Lori March 21, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Cant believe it’s been 10 weeks since you have run. I’m so sorry. Fingers crossed for Friday – I expect a full blog post on PRP (or at least a text message, please). I am praying to the running gods that you are back out in the park in no time being the Miss Speedy that you are. Thanks so much for your advice and support as I trudged my way through 13.1 miles again….it meant the world to you me that you on the course TWO times! And you were the first person I talked to after the race!! 🙂 Just so sorry we couldnt connect at the end – what a zoo!! xoxo

  8. Josie March 21, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Hey Katie! Best best best of luck for Friday!! You know I am always thinking of your and your foot 😉 I really hope it goes well 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out! It will be great later this year you can be racing as well!!

  9. thethinksicanthink March 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    me? winning an award? why thank you! 🙂

    anyways, not running is for the birds. and, completely concur with you about the myriad of things your are told – many opposing things, too. do this! no, don’t do that! that’s why I’ve felt like I’m in the Forgetting Sarah Marshall surf scene since November.

    let me know how the PRP goes! i’ll be thinking of you Friday!

  10. Josie March 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Hey again!! Hope you PRP went well today! Let me know if you want grab a frozen yogurt or beer sometime 🙂

  11. RoseRunner March 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    your nephew’s face is RIDICULOUS. I could probably muster up the courage one day to punch a baby, but not that baby. Super good looking. I should have him meet my 8.5 month old niece.

    What is PRP?! I’m going to have to keep reading your older posts to figure this out…

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