I am recovering from plantar fasciitis, and am finally starting to run again. I started really resting the foot as of May 7th. Over the last three weeks, I've run about 20 miles per week. I should be about 22 at the end of this week with my long run at 13.
I have a goal marathon that I would like to run, which is on September 3rd (last chance to BQ this year for 2013 for me). My question is - am I just dreaming here? Or, can I start my training up again and get ready in time to run the marathon in September? I feel like my conditoning - while not as good as it was prior to May 7th - is still pretty good and feel I can start adding more miles/upping my long run distance. But, there is only 9 weeks left before the race.
Do I run a high risk to cause the PF to come back? Is the prudent, safe thing to do is to forget the BQ for this year, and ramp up more slowly?
I would say see how your LR schedule goes along, but it sounds like things are improving. You have plently of time to slowly adjust. Of course, PF is a frustrating injury with a tricky backlash in regard to recovery efforts, so I understand that building the mileage/training is a real concern.
I would focus on the marathon goal with the notion that speed and finishing time are probably not going to be as expected. If this event is important to you, then prepare on the conservative side, along with some more cross-training. (strenghten, stretch, arch supports, night splints..custom inserts...cortisone shots...whatever helps).
Also, get new shoes right away and see a good sports PT for sure to cover the bases.
Do the race that is important to you...who knows about next year or other opportunities? It is true that PF may continue to be a problem, but just seek out the right combination of treatment options that work best for you now.