My heel? Yeah, it hurts when I run. Hell, it hurts when I walk. I started running on a regular basis roughly a year ago and it’s been a relatively injury-free journey. Until now, that is.
The injury bug finally caught up to me about a month ago and, well, I’m pretty ticked off about it (to put it politely). Logic says that I should stop running and give my heel some rest, but I reeeeeally want to get outside and pound some pavement. In my mind, every day that I don’t run is another day of gains thrown right out the window. You know what I mean? Of course you do.
So what’s a wannabe runner supposed to do? My wife thinks that I should go see a doctor (she’s such a worry-wart), but my dad (a 58-year old triathlete and avid runner himself) has instructed me to pour some salt on the wound and essentially suck it up. Of course, this is the same guy that has had two knee surgeries and countless number of rotator cuff surgeries, so I’m not sure that I should be taking his advice any time soon.
So consider this a call to all of the runners out there. How did you respond to your first running-related injury? What remedies worked and what didn’t work? Are there any tell-tale signs that a heel injury is more than just a bruise and worth a trip to the doctor? Also, is mint green really the can’t-miss color trend for the 2012 spring/summer fashion season?!
- Michael (and his injured left heel)
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