I googled the crap out of things like "plantar fasciitis" and " plantar fascia rupture" and wasn't sure if that was what I was experiencing or not. I didn't have any heel pain, and it didn't hurt in the morning, so that seemed to rule out the former. It also didn't "pop" like a rupture would have, ruling out the latter.
This morning I decided I should check in with my podiatrist, seeing as how the weekend was coming up and, of course, I was planning to run. They had me come and in checked it out and diagnosed me with a partial plantar fascia tear. Yay.
Say hello to my new buddy:
I managed to escape a boot when I had a stress fracture, but not this time. My doctor thought it was going to be the most effective and the fastest way to heel my plantar fascia. I go back in two weeks for a follow up.
And you guys, my podiatrist said aloud what I have secretly wondered over the last few months: maybe my body wasn't meant to run.
I am going to cry.
I started running 17 months ago. In that time I have had:
*shin splints (went away)
*piriformis syndrome (short lived, went away)
*hamstring pain (been there for over a year)
*ITBS (been there for nine months)
*stress fracture in left foot (pretty much healed)
*partial plantar fascia tear (current)
I don't think a runner with this few miles on her legs should be this broken. I have logged under 1000 miles total since I became a runner.
It does beg the question, are some people's bodies, i.e. mine, just not made for running? Are we not all "born to run", as the book would suggest?