I finally am learning from my mistakes…I think. I wanted to stick to my schedule and nail out a nice, long trail run on Saturday but work intervened and made that impossible. I could feel the lingering effects of plantar fasciitis (PF takes forever to get back under control) on Friday night and decided I would go for a short run Saturday before going to the “office.” A half mile in, I turned around and decided my foot would be better off resting; I did some yoga and called it a day. Sunday, I had hopes of a long run but felt a little creaking in the foot and was happy that I had plenty of work to do to keep my minds off of being on the trails; I hit the gym for weights (can’t recall the last time I did that) and did some yoga. This has to be one of the first times I had an issue that I could run through where I instead chose to give my body rest.
I am working on my running form, strengthening my foot, foam rolling the knots out of my legs consistently, and adding strength training to my workout regime. I am incorporating a little barefoot running into my routine (keeping it under half a mile and on grass for now) as it helps me work on good running form. I hope all this “playing it smart” quickly becomes routine because I have a history of trying to do all these things and then forgetting about them and reverting to my old habits.