Thursday, October 16, 2008

Getting back in the pool... again...

I have decided to get back into the pool after a long hiadeous. Battling the foot pain has lead me to the conclusion that I am not doing enough well rounded training so the overuse injuries are starting to mount up.

I have a couple of goals with getting back into swimming, one of which is to sign up for a few triathlons next year! Getting back into multisport racing has been lingering in the back of my mind for quite some time and this off season will be a great time to build the foundation I have been lacking for the past 6 to 12 months!

Today's swim felt good. It went like this:

4 x 100 yds
4 x 50 yds
4 x 25 yds
Total: 700 yds.

Yes this is a pretty weak swim workout but the ultimate goal is to stay healthy, don't blow out a shoulder, and work up to at least one mile of constant swimming. Speed workouts will come later... much later.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Plantar Fasciitis: Running to Recovery

I have been taking the recovery to my issue with Plantar Fasciitis recovery seriously these past few weeks. Not only have I tapered my run efforts in both intensity and distance I have also been wearing some specialty products which have been provided to me by the good people at Sof Sole. These products include athletic socks (cushioned and anti-friction) as well as performance insoles (Adapt and Athlete)

I have been using them for the past 2 weeks and I plan on using them over the next few weeks hoping to report back on anything usefull that you might be able to use in your battle with this pain in the arch issue.

Here are some of the scenarios where the've come into play so far...

Activity 1
Product: Anti-Friction Sock
Activity: 4 Miles @ Marathon Pace (7:15/mi)
Location: Treadmill
Topography: Treadmill O degrees incline
Foot pain during: 2 out of 10 (minimal)
Foot pain after: 1 out of 10 (minimal)

Activity 2
Product: Cushion Sock
Activity: 45 Minute Run
Location: City street running
Topography: Rolling hills
Foot pain during run: 3 out of 10 (minimal)
Foot pain after run: 2 out of 10 (minimal)

Activity 3
Product: Cushion Sock
Activity: Walking the PGA Tour Championship
Location: East Lake Golf Course
Topography: Rolling hills
Foot pain during: 1 out of 10 (minimal)
Foot pain after: 1 out of 10 (minimal)

  Sunday run in the rain.