To Rest or Not To Rest?

That is the question.

I really need to whip my body into good cardio shape because in one month I have to run another half marathon race. ย The problem is, every time I try to get back on the cardio bandwagon, my foot gives out. I did something to it (see my previous post about it) and I don’t know how best to go about fixing it.

I was grateful enough to get the perfect new running shoes, which have been extremely comfortable and I’m excited to run many miles in. But some damage has already been done to my shoes from my last long run and I don’t know how to fix it.

I’ve been trying to massage it with a tennis ball daily to keep it a little loose. It seems to help. At least I’m not waking up in the morning hobbling like I was the week after I pulled it.

But when I go to the gym, I need to do some cardio. At the very least, I need to lift my legs to keep the muscles working and challenged. Unfortunately, these two activities right now are making my foot worse.

I know I should probably just rest it. Just let it go for a week and take it easy. But I don’t “take it easy” well. I want it to be better and I want it to be better now and I don’t understand how I can’t just talk my mind out of the problem.

But I’m gonna try and respect the pain. I’m gonna spend the week lifting other things. Maybe every time I get angry about not being able to run, I’ll do ab work. Try and get my weakness to be my strength. That’d be making a positive out of the situation, right?

I can’t even get on the elliptical, you guys. The elliptical- the dumbest cardio ever created- hurts my stupid food. I feel likek such a weakling…

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3 thoughts on “To Rest or Not To Rest?

  1. Plantar fasciitis sounds like the most viable candidate, but if the pain is sticking around and is so bad you can’t even get on the elliptical, the next avenue would be a sports doctor and physical therapy. Yeah it sucks and it’s a time/money sink, but it would be the fastest possible way to get back in fighting form again. Even just seeing a doctor to give you some exercise tips would probably be helpful.

    Injuries suck; I’m training for my second full marathon, and at this point all the physical therapists in the area know me by name. At the end of the day, though, it keeps me off the injured list and in training!

    1. Thanks Magsol! I was thinking it was the same thing. Not ready to commit to the phys therapy yet. Still holding out hope it will repair with rest. Good luck with your next marathon!

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