Last week I ran the miserable mile and as a result re-activated an old injury (plantar fasciitis - aka huge pain in the arch and heel of my foot causing me to limp for the past week). I hated it because I felt like I could not workout after feeling so gung-ho. With encouragement from my hubby I still got out there and went cycling as it was manageable with the foot pain.
Then came today. I was super busy and did not get to the gym to swim as planned to avoid being off my feet. I decided to try running as I was only limping slightly, but I went out thinking I wouldn't make it the full mile.
Surprise, surprise, my running form is poor and therefore running flat foot (or pounding hard into the pavement) did not hurt my foot. I ran and walked. I got embarrassed running in front of houses with people watching from their porches, especially if I was on a walking section gasping for air. It was particularly motivating to run past their houses instead of walk or push that extra distance.
As a result I went from a one mile run of 14 minutes 14 seconds to a one mile run of 13 minutes 37 seconds (with an injury no less). A whole 37 seconds faster! It was awesome! And, I only got a stitch in my side at the halfway mark instead of sooner than that. Any suggestions for side stitches would be welcomed if you have prevention or alleviating tips.