Alright, I’m going to admit something that I would rather not, but in the interest of being smarter and improving my running, I feel it is necessary. I read TCI last year and jumped right into Phase 1. But, Karen, you don’t have a HR monitor. “That’s ok”, I said to myself, “I can run based on feel.” Bad idea #1. 6 weeks into Phase 1 my heel and arch started feeling tight and sore. “I’m sure that’ll go away.” Bad idea #2. Continued to train, since the pain was only bad first thing in the morning and some evenings after teaching all day. Bad idea #3. Then one day after a 15 miler, I was hobbling around with pain and tightness that almost brought me to tears. “This is ridiculous”, I thought. “Stop being so stupid and fix the problem.” Yes, I wanted to run that 50K, but at what cost? If I want to be a life-long runner, I've got to take better care of myself. I've took 2 weeks off running, cycling instead. I gradually started to run again, alternating running and cycling. Oh, and I bought an HR monitor. (Insert sheepish grin here.) After only wearing it a few times, I realized that I was NOT running in the zones I should have been. It totally explains where my plantar fasciitis came from. At first I was really pissed off at myself for being so stupid. But I quickly realized that wasn't going to help me heal and improve. I have embraced starting over. There’s something exciting about starting fresh again. Has my training been cut WAY back? Yes, but I know I’ll get back up to those long runs that I love so much. Will I run that 50K this year? Probably not, but that doesn't mean I won’t run it eventually. I guess my CI has changed into a restorative goal versus a performance goal. It’s not what I was originally going for, but that’s what it is. Nothing I can do about it now, but learn from the experience and grow. (And not be so stubborn in the future!!) I am starting over and I’m OK with that.