Since my last post I have only managed one run a week. Partly life circumstances, and partly (mainly) pain. Excruciating heel pain which is really really frustrating. On the days that I run I can't walk - I am completely hobbled and it takes a few days until I can walk "normally" and my heel always has pain.
I have self-diagnosed this pain as plantar fasciitis - not before buying gel heel inserts (which caused more pain) and then full on insoles (which solved no problems).
Since this self-diagnosis, I have been trying all of the exercises/icing etc. that Dr. Google tells me to do.
I have also gone to spend more money, this time on Birkenstocks to wear around the house (Dr Google says never to walk with bare feet) and a pair of Dansko "outdoor" shoes. Sigh.
I have made contact with a highly recommended outfit that does custom orthotics/ gait analysis and in-depth biomechanical analysis of ones lower foot. Hopefully they can offer some advice so that I don't blindly go out and spend more $$ on things that don't help/I don't need.
Fingers crossed, boy I miss the days of just putting on my shoes and going out for a run three times a week! I will not take this for granted if/when I get back there....
Better sign off, must go to the drugstore (chemists) to pick up some arch supports to throw into my trainers so that I can try to get another run in before my appointment in a weeks time! Between you, me and Dr Google, I am sure that this quick fix will work!