The diagnosis is in...I have flat feet. On Tuesday, I had my feet scanned and the results showed that my arches have collapsed in my right foot, causing flat feet and pronation in my stride. Initially, this pronation saved my feet from the excessive pounding, but caused knee pain. Then, as the miles increased, my arches collapsed even further, reducing my foot's ability to support my body while running, causing the plantar fasciitis.
Bottom line is that if I want to run pain free, I need orthotics, which my dr ordered today. Here's hoping that my insurance covers at least most of it! They should be in next week, so my hope is that I can get back to real running soon. I was also given the order to go ahead and try running short distances. And I mean short...as in, run for 5 minutes and see if I can run pain free. So I'm hoping I can give that a try tomorrow, because honestly, I cannot stand to sit in another spinning class and hear the same music set over and over and over again. Spinning is fun and all, but when its the ONLY thing...not so much.
So on the "plan" for tomorrow - a 5 minute run. Maybe I should carbo load tonight?