The past few days have been a little rough for me while I recover from the half-marathon. I wasn’t expecting to be in as much pain afterward as I was. I assumed that if I could run 10 miles, 13.1 wouldn’t be much different. I was so wrong.
A few weeks ago, right in the middle of training for the half-marathon, I developed plantar fascitis in my left foot. My doctor is also a runner, and between him and all my running friends, I felt pretty ok about dealing with it. But despite all the precautions I took (ibuprofen, ice, stretching, sleeping with my foot in a really awkward brace contraption), it flared up with a vengeance after the half-marathon. I couldn’t put my left heel down when I walked, I had to walk on the tip-toes on my left foot. (Awkward, to say the least.)
So I’ve been taking it easy, doing some yoga/strength exercises to try to stretch my muscles out. I’ve gone on a couple of short runs this week, and I feel… ok-ish? My left foot still hurts if I’m on my feet too much (like last night when the girls and I went to the grocery store), but it’s manageable.
Other stuff that’s been going on this week:
I had a parent-teacher conference with Catie’s teacher this week. Which was not particularly eventful, but there was one major surprise there: he mentioned that Catie is reading ahead of her grade level.
This is the same child who, 1 year ago, was so far behind her peers that the school had her working with a special ed teacher doing a “reading intervention” program. The same child whose first grade teacher told me that no matter what we did with private tutors, she was going to be behind the curve in second grade too. (I’m still angry at her first grade teacher for saying that to me and Dave. What the hell, lady?)
And now she’s ahead of grade level. Not by much, it’s not like she’s reading “War and Peace” or anything, but STILL.
I mentioned to her teacher that it surprised me because I still have trouble getting her to read at home, and he said, “Oh, that’s a shame, she’s a beautiful reader. That’s all she really wants to do in class is read.”
I’m still a little bit stunned by that. Although I shouldn’t be, Catie has made a lifelong habit of surprising me when I least expect it.
On the Lucy side of things: I think most parents say that the “terrible twos” are really nothing compared to the “treacherous threes,” and based on my experience with Catie, I would have been inclined to agree. But man, Lucy is just hilarious and delightful and so… easy. Like, way easier than any toddler should be.
I keep half-waiting for her to turn into some type of toddler demon hellbeast, but maybe her daytime personality is easygoing to make up for 3.5 years of waking me up at night? Kids have survival skills and all.
And because I’m always worried that I’ll forget this stuff someday, these are a few recent Lucy gems:
* When something bothers her, she says, “it makes me annoying!” (I will never correct her.)
* Most mornings, she climbs into bed between me and Chris, and goes back to sleep for a while. There was one day that she had missed her nap and was up past her bedtime, so she slept HARD all night. It was a weekend, and around 7:30 a.m., the whole house was sleeping quietly, and suddenly a tiny voice yelled, “EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!” Chris and I were like, “Oh ok, guess Lucy is awake.” I don’t even know how she learned C&C Music Factory, since that song came out about 20 years before she born.
* When we went to see Cinderella last week, one of the plot points of the “Frozen Fever” short before the movie was that Elsa caught a cold, and every time she sneezed, her ice powers would go crazy and tiny little snowmen would pop up everywhere. So, on Monday, when Catie came down with a fever (she’s fine, it was a fluke 48-hour thing), I told Lucy that Catie was sick. Lucy said, “I think she might make tiny snowmans when she sneezes.”
I said, “No, that’s silly, Catie doesn’t have ice powers.”
Without missing a beat, she said, “Maybe instead she make tiny Steves.” As in the main dude from Minecraft.
I was impressed with how clever that was, because she knows Catie doesn’t care about Frozen, so she took the general concept and applied it to the thing Catie loves, Minecraft.
* She can spell her name, and I don’t know if that’s normal for a 3 year-old or not, but Catie didn’t spell her name until closer to kindergarten, so it seems impressive to me. (I take no credit, that’s all daycare.) She likes the trailer for the Scarlet Johannsen movie “Lucy” because they flash the name at the end, and she says, “L-U-C-Y spells Lucy, dat’s me!”
* Dave texted me the other night when the girls were with him, Lucy had her iPad and was trying to look up Frozen videos on YouTube. Catie will often ask for help spelling the names of whatever she’s looking for (like Skylanders videos), so Lucy was obviously copying Catie when she said, “How do I type Frozen?” Dave thought it would be funny to just tell her the letters and see what she did with it. She managed to get the keyboard open and she typed all the letters correctly except the N. It’s both amazing and a little unnerving when you realize that your kids will be more tech-savvy than yourself sooner than later.
* She sings, “Meeeeee in the skyyyyy with diamonds!” Dave taught her that one, and while I have never been a Beatles fan, I have to admit that it’s pretty damn cute.
I have had that same type of foot pain you are talking about, for not quite a year. I limped around, took NSAIDS, tried ortho inserts, chiropractor, acupuncture…no relief. At one point I was using a crutch. I resolved it myself in under a week 100% with trigger point therapy. No joke, just google plantar fasciitis and trigger point therapy. It is a referred pain from tight point in the calf muscle. I used a lacrosse ball while sitting on the floor. You have nothing to lose and it isn’t expensive. Trigger point therapy – using various size rubber balls to roll out the knots – has SAVED my lower back and feet. Better than anything any dr or orthopedist ever did for my muscle pains.
I’ll definitely look into it, because I’ve been doing all kinds of calf/Achilles tendon stretches and that hasn’t really gotten it fixed yet. Thanks for the suggestion!
Do you have a foam roller? After I ran my first half I used my foam roller and it made a huge difference. I also have a golf ball and a tennis ball that I roll around the bottom of my foot after running long distances. It makes it feel soo good! There are tons of you tube videos and pins on pinterest about foam rolling.
Yes, I have a foam roller and use it a lot for my hips and hamstrings. It does help a lot, typically, but it didn’t do much for me after the half-marathon because I was just SO sore. I need to try the ball thing for my foot, since you’re not the first person who’s suggested it. I’m sure I have a tennis ball around here someplace.