A couple of days ago I did my last week 9 run. I wanted it out of the way. I also had a virtual run which had to be done this week, so thought I could combine the two things. The only problem was that nagging pain in my heel. It started developing around week 8, once the C25K runs started to get that bit longer. I battled through it but could tell it was getting worse. So I thought, "one last run isn't going to make it worse." I battled through my final 30 minuter, feeling like the most unfit blob on the planet (in addition to foot pain I also had the mother of all colds) The relief on completing it was amazing, but as I plodded home, I knew I'd aggravated the heel pain. So here we are, two days later and I'm hobbling around the house. Not sure whether what I have is the dreaded plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, stress factors or something else. (The irony is I can only think about going to the doc when I'm better able to walk there!) So I'm being strict with myself and having a proper rest now, maybe into the new year. Then I'll be taking stock. I want to carry on running, but this has made me nervous. Much as I've loved learning to run and doing C25K I feel a bit annoyed that 11 weeks into my running 'career' I'm now shuffling round the house like a ninety year old.
But I still get that buzz of pride for having finished it and I keep telling myself that once I'm pain free again (hopefully) running is going to feel so blooming easy!