I developed plantar fasciitis last March and have been sidelined from running for a year. It has been torture for me. I miss my running group and competing in races. I also miss my running five days a week figure. I didn't realize how much I use running as a stress reliever. Without it I was turning to my next best thing, food. After paying a ton of money to my podiatrist I am finally feeling well enough to gradually add the running back in. I sleep in a night splint boot, use a pro stretch, roll my feet on frozen golf balls, and take ibuprofen several times a day. I wish I could just go out and run like a used to but I am on a couch to 5K program to ease my feet back into it. I am up to a whole 15 minutes of running broken up into three segments. I know that not being able to run wouldn't sound like a challenge to some people. Running is such a part of my life now, that it is hard for me to function without it. I even had to cancel my Runner's World magazine because it would depress me every month is came.
I have developed a love for biking. I bought a road bike in the spring to get in shape for a triathlon . I wasn't able to do the triathlon, but the biking really has kept me moving. I also have great biking friends; Kris, Kelli, and Lindsey and I bike together on a regular bases. We get to have girl time and get our workouts in. All in all, the biking has been great, but I want to get back to my half-marathons. I am crossing my fingers for the fall.