Friday my Plantar Fasciitis, or in layman’s terms “joggers heel,” was pretty painful so instead of working legs at the gym, Anthony Sarago suggested we just work/lift chest muscles and let my legs rest. It seemed to have helped because when I woke up Saturday morning, I didn’t have any heel pain. In fact, I felt so pain free, I decided to head outside for an easy 7-8 mile run. This was the first chance I had run outside for weeks since snow had hit the ground a couple weeks before so I have to admit I might have been overly optimistic with the warmer temperatures.
There was about two inches of soft snow/ice on the side of the highway I was running on and since this made for a very soft/cushy landing I reasoned the soft footing would keep my joggers heel from rearing its ugly head again. I kept my pace slow, no more than 6mph with no GPS and no music. Most days I have my Bose ear buds blasting music and frequently look at the Garmin 202 forerunner on my wrist. The Garmin is a great tool as it tracks everything from my pace to distance traveled but today I just felt like I didn’t want any distractions and it was a nice change. All I had to focus on was the beauty of my surroundings and the unseasonably warm Minnesota weather; a rare treat in December. Unfortunately, the softer ground was not enough and a couple hours after my run the pain in my heel flared up and reminded me why I originally planned to take a week off from running – to give my foot a chance to “heel” 🙂
Sunday afternoon the weather was still holding above normal so Heidi and I took advantage of yet another gorgeously warm day and got a bike ride in. It isn’t often the chance to ride bikes during December comes along. We used our mountain bikes and rode for a little over 17 miles which took us about an hour and a half. The first three miles were actually a bit cold because even though the weather was warm for this time of year in Minnesota, I had dressed way too light which made the beginning of the ride a real struggle; every part of my body felt cold and stiff so my muscles were seriously protesting. After 4-5 miles I warmed up and all my joints/bones and muscles began to work without complaint so it wasn’t long before it became a very enjoyable ride.
During this time of the year, the wind chill on the bike is way more intense than it is while running so it does require a warmer base layer of clothing; something that was too easy to forget when the sun was shining. I had headed out for a bike ride dressed no different than if I was going for a run. If I had only started off with a little thicker base layer the warm up would have been so much better but accounting not just for the weather but also for the type of exercise planned is a good lesson to remember. Another thing I noticed after the ride was that unlike the run on soft terrain, my joggers heel didn’t seem to be aggravated at all so I am really hoping for the opportunity to get a couple more rides in before the weather changes. Fingers crossed!