Well ... my summer didn't really turn out the way I had hoped it would. I had planned for a local "extreme" race and two half-marathons and I had to cancel all of them. And rather than spending my summer running, the pain I've been experiencing in my right foot got worse and I eventually had to withdraw from running for 6 weeks :(

On a brighter side, I've been allowed to start running again and have been able to go up to 6.5 km so far without any problems. My physiotherapist seems to have a long-term thinking that I like and have given me some extra exercises apart from the slant board exercises (which he btw thought were great) to strenghten my feet to avoid further injury. Due to all this, you could say that I've been given extra time to work on my strength and balance and might come out of it all feeling stronger in the long run (pun intended). 

I'm a bit uncertain as to where I should pick up the foundation program though. I left off at phase 1 - week 7 in the end of July and have been running twice a week for a month now without any foot pain. What would you suggest?


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Comment by Lori Enlow on October 10, 2014 at 1:09pm

Yes, hard to have perspective during, I struggled for months with my foot and would never have believed I could run without pain as I have recently. Seems a  eternity when dealing with perceived setbacks and injuries, but in reality, just a flash of time on the journey, the journey where even setbacks and injuries become valuable and character forging. Onward and upward!

Comment by Mikael Evander on October 10, 2014 at 12:04pm
Thanks Lori. I kept thinking of a blog post you wrote saying that we should try to see it all as work in progress and not be too frustrated about the current situation. As long as we come out of it wiser it's probably worth it :)
Comment by Lori Enlow on October 10, 2014 at 8:28am

So glad you are on the right track and finding relief and able to run again! I have had my share of foot pain in the early months of this year and was beginning to think it impossible to run without pain. I have taken on some brutal races of late without pain.  Patience and persistence wins.

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