Hi From Durban, South Africa
Hi my name is Steve. IU live with my wife and 3 kids in one of the suburbs of Durban. I have been running shod for about 3 years. In that time I have completed 3 standard Marathons. Unlike many other parts of the world, South African road running is very club orientated. About a year ago, I finally took the plunge and entered for Comrades. This is by far the world's greatest foot race. Also at 89km (about 56 miles) it is no laughing matter. The cut off time is a very strict 12hrs. To cut a long story short, while training for this Ultra, I developed Plantar Faciitis in both feet. As I was doing upwards of 60km a week, this injury rappidly became chronic and I had to shelve any plans of running Comrades. I had not done any running since March until I finally broke the hiatus and went for a short 2km run at the local university (UKZN) sports fields on 30 Jul. This was compltetely barefoot and felt great. My breathing took a bit of strain though. I have repeated this every second evening and so far so good. My calves are a bit stiff but nothing radical. The one advantage that I have is that I'm quite used to being barefoot. At home I hardle ever wear shoes unless I have too. Cutting the grass, etc are obvious exceptions. At work I tend to stick to mens Skechers which are pretty minimalist.
Hello Steve, welcome to Toe Salad! I am sorry to hear about your injury, and I sincerely hope you are able to work through it. Keep us up-to-date on how your progress goes.
Did you read our article on Plantar Fasciitis? http://www.toesalad.com/articles/plantar-fasciitis