After posting yesterday, my hamstring felt increasingly worse and the tightening in my foot (plantar fascia) got worse. Before the concert and between acts, I used a pillar to stretch it. The show was so awesome that I could not resist being on my feet and I bet that did not help any. I decided to sleep with my Strassburg sock on, a device that keeps the calf and foot stretched and typically helps with plantar fasciitis. Around 5:15am, I awoke to a shooting pain where the arch and heel join; I took of the sock and tried rubbing it but the pain did not go away. I contemplated bailing on the race but knew Billy and another running friend, Rachel, were going to be there and I love doing races where I can see them. I decided to make the drive and try for at least a half marathon; normally, taping my arch helps with PF so I did that routine but felt no relief. Walking around I knew I was not 100% but I started the race hoping things would change.
The course was hillier than I anticipated. It started in Dove Canyon and that horse trail connected to a trail in Casper Wilderness Park. I love trails so much that I kept trying to convince myself I could do it but by mile 2, I knew I’d be lucky to do 13 miles. Around the turnaround at mile 3.25, the pain got worse and I decided to DO NOTHING FOOLISH (DNF) since I was not wise enough to “do nothing stupid” (DNS). The course was an out/back and the pain got worse before I completed the 6.5 mile route. I told Billy I was dropping and that I would run errands and come back to hangout. The walk down the hill from the start/finish killed and that intense pain got worse as I drove around taking care of errands; I realized I had to come home and start icing.
I think that too much stretching may have torn the PF more (apparently PF is microtear) so I need to stay off of my foot so that it can heal; I’m so happy I work from home instead of being on my feet. I remember when I had PF before it was intense pain when walking but cannot recall how it felt when sitting; so, I do not know if this is better or worse than that bout with PF. I scheduled a visit with my chiro/ART guru, Dr. Scott Neubauer, for tomorrow and I’m hoping he can help resolve this hamstring/PF issue. It’s crazy that the hamstring issue was caused by overstretching a tight hammy and today’s intense pain was probably caused by overstretching my foot. Apparently, too much of a good thing results in a bad thing.