Argh. Training interrupted yet again. My right foot (heel) got sore after this Tuesday's workout, enough so that I swapped to the water for a few days and went in to see the podiatrist. The diagnosis was sub-calcaneal bursitis - essentially a bursa under my heel has gotten inflamed. The symptoms mimic plantar fascitis but are slightly different (pain goes away with rest, and isn't exactly where the fascia ties into the heel), and my standard tricks of taping and the Strasburg sock just aggravate it.
Podiatrist recommended yet another shoe change (to the Brooks Pure Flow), and so I tried that after a few days rest. The foot felt better than it had before, but was still getting sore after each run. After discussion with Capital Rehab, I decided to go for 2 weeks of no impact exercise. Nothing but pool-running, swimming, and upper body strength work (plus Voltaren). And trying to be on my feet as little as possible.
It's gonna suck, honestly. I'm already in lousy shape, and now I'm taking another 2 weeks off (I'll pool-run and do intervals, but that's not quite the same). But....I figure I can either take this time now, or two weeks from now. Better to get it over with. And if I hadn't run this past weekend, I'd already be half-way through.
And I also keep thinking back to when I broke my foot, and was sentenced to several months of nothing but pool-running. This is honestly just a blip, compared to that.
Plus my hay fever's going crazy right now, so being stuck inside ain't horrible.