What’s more painful than giving birth or a kidney stone? Answer… Mr Miyagi!

Not that I’m qualified to make the above claim, on account of having never given birth or had a kidney stone …. but still…. 

You guys, I’m beginning to think I may never run again! I’ve been battling with Plantar Fasciitis for more than 6 months now. And NOTHING has worked to relieve the pain so far!

I’ve rested for week’s at a time. I’ve tried running shorter distances. I’ve done courses of Voltaren. I’ve tried foam rolling and cortisone. Ball rollers and shock absorbing inner soles. NOTHING works. My heel feels better for a couple of days and as soon as I start running again the pain returns. 

So I just made the decision that I’d have to suck it up and deal. I can’t/won’t give up my running but I reduced the mileage I was putting in, gave up my 2 Oceans entry and resigned myself to not running any half marathons or further than a 10km over the next few months.

I had a run yesterday morning, just under 4km’s and again by last night I was hobbling around like an old lady. 

And then….. 

I, the Karate Kid, took on Mr Miyagi in a bathroom fight of epic proportions that had my children in hysterics as Mr Miyagi and I slapped each other with soapy sponges, threw wet face clothes around the bathroom and sprayed each other with water from the girls bath. 

That is, till I pulled off my epic kick and that idiot, Mr Miyagi, blocked it! 

As he did his “wax on, wax off” blocks, I came at him, feet flying, I heard a bone crunching crack and collapsed on the floor screaming. Ja, nobody was laughing then! In fact, Hannah, my sensitive little soul, started sobbing as the Karate Kid transformed back into mom, lying on the bathroom floor with bubbles smeared in my hair as I writhed in agony.

I never slept a wink last night because of the pain and this morning it was confirmed. I have Plantar Fasciitis in my left heel and a broken baby toe on my right foot, not hard to see, considering my toe has swollen to the size of a bratwurst sausage and is a rather sickly shade of black/blue/green/yellow. 

So ja… Its really beginning to feel like I may never run again. The worst part is that I can feel the changes happening in my body from not running, my butt is jiggly and my arms are wobbly and I FREAKING hate it! 

I guess the lesson in all of this is that 43 year old women should not be moonlighting as the Karate Kid!



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  • Reply Fertile Minds

    Oh dear! Ouch!

    February 17, 2016 at 11:05 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I’m in agony Sian! A-G-O-N-Y

      February 17, 2016 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Corrina

    You have me in stitches. Sorry, but I had to laugh as I pictured the scene and how funny it must have been up until the point you collapsed on the floor in agony. Poor you! I hope you heal quickly and that running resumes back to normal in the not too distant future.

    February 17, 2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply catjuggles

    Ag eina! That must hurt so much! (Thanks for the laugh in any event)

    February 17, 2016 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Sherbit Karate Kid – that sounds flipping sore!! Is there no alternative cure like a surgery or something that can help with the Plantar Fasciitis?

    February 17, 2016 at 11:52 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I honestly don’t know anymore. I really don’t want surgery. Although it is an option.

      February 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Right.. so it seems I have this plantar fasciitis too. But I don’t run (!) Been 4 months of heel hell and my GP says I must rest it .. how were you actually diagnosed? I need to get this sorted. 🙁 ps. Sorry you are having such a rough time x love

    February 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      By a Dr and a biokineticist I tried resting. I did a whole stretch towards the end of last year where I rested for 6 weeks. As soon as I started running again the pain came back!

      February 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Belinda Mountain (@BelindaMountain)

    That sucks! Sorry. Husband also had to give up running after his back op and has now started swimming (hard to change I know, especially considering how much you love running:(

    February 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply roadshedding

    From one runner to another, running injuries suck.

    February 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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