Please help! I am a lover of running and decided to read The Cool Impossible (which I LOVED) to better my running prior to beginning training for my first full marathon.
Upon reading the book, I learned that heal striking was causing me lower back pain and preventing me from being as efficient of a runner as I'd like. I decided to fully commit to the form, strength training, and schedule outlined in The Cool Impossible. I've spent the past month studying and striving to master the running form outlined by Eric while also working on strength training (utilizing the slant board and stability disk on a regular basis). My original plan was to start the training plan on July 20th to prepare for my full marathon on December 13th.
Unfortunately I have been experiencing extreme pain in my left heel for the past several weeks. At first I was certain that it was planters fasciitis brought on by changing my foot strike from heel to forefoot and that ice and rest would take care of the problem. While the pain has decreased during normal daily activities, every time I attempt to run I experience severe pain in my left heel and am left limping for days while trying to reduce inflammation and pain.
I have been seeing a chiropractor who believes that my calcaneus (heel) bone is not wanting to stay in the proper place. He has been treating me with ultrasound and adjustments but I still can't run for more than a few minutes without extreme pain. What do I do? I don't want to give up on running but it is causing me so much pain.
Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thank you so much!!!! I don't think I've been dropping my heel adequately and that is probably causing the issue. I will definitely take all of your advice and just knowing that someone else has been there before makes me feel a lot better! Thanks again!