I walked to the railtrail today intending to run, but pulled the plug a 100 yards into it and walked home, my sore foot just wasn't up to it.
Rather than do nothing though, I spent the next 30 minutes alternating between the treadmill and Nordic Track machine. I worked in 5 minute sessions, first one machine, then the other, the idea being to work my sore foot and loosen it up.
Rich, when I read about your travails, it's like deja vu all over again. I've been there. In fact I'm still there, just not as bad right now as I used to be.
5 miles on the treadmill, 1% incline, in 44:28 (8:54 mile pace).
I would have liked to run faster and farther, but the pain in my right knee and right hamstring suggested that I back off. Which is hard for me to accept, because once I get warmed up, my natural cruising speed is 7:xx, and I would like to run farther than 5 miles. But I'll take it--things could be a lot worse. :-)
If running were easy, everybody would do it, eh Dark Horse?
What a shame you can't just drop the pace and go for it in your runs, but 5 miles is still a very good workout, even if it's not at the pace you'd like. Who knows, maybe in time that'll change, it does happen sometimes.
I'm making progress with Plantar Faciitis, but still have to be careful. It's 2 steps forward and 1 step back, but at least I'm headed in the right direction...