I know alot of folks swear by foam rollers. They talk about how they have this roller or that roller and they spend hours massaging out their pains. But, it seems that their pains never really go away. They are just kept at bay by all that rolling.
I dunno. I guess I am not a believer. It’s my belief that you have to find the root cause of a problem and fix it.
Last February, all of a sudden out of the blue, I starting having Plantar Fasciitis pain in my left heel. That’s one of those nagging pains that scares me, because it’s the type of repetitive use injury that takes forever to heal. And often returns.
So, I figure it’s from running. Maybe I ramped up my running mileage too fast, too hard. So, I stop running for two weeks. Which sucks, because every time I slack off on running, it’s hard to get back into it.
The PF gets a little better, but not much. So, I ease back into my running.
The PF gets worse.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
So, I start to think, what am I doing wrong? Do I need new running shoes, maybe they are worn. Nope, they look fine and they aren’t that old.
What did I do back in February different? I did lace up my running shoes super tight at the Eno Equalizer race. I meant to loosen them, but never got around to it. I loosened them up. Hmmm…kind felt a little easier running, my foot was allowed to flex more. Ya, that’s it.
So, I eased back into to running again. Nope, not it. More pain.
Again, I wrack my brain, what did I change back in February? And why does the PF get worse every weekend? Even when I have cut out the running. Gee, maybe it’s nothing to do with running.
Oh. wait. I ride my bike every weekend. Lots of miles on my bike. What changed about my bike in February? I put speedplay pedals on them!
Crap. It’s the damn speedplays.
I swapped those out to my old Shimano pedals last weekend. Rode my bike 90 miles. Guess what? No more PF pain.
I guess the real question is: why did it take me five months to figure this out!!!! And now my running fitness sucks out the wazoo.