So to wrap up the first week of Hospital Hill training, it's going slow. I did not get outside like I hoped, and I only put in 6 miles, but those 6 miles were relatively pain free. I attribute that to extra stretching, the new Adidas Energy Boost shoes that I'm currently rocking, and the beginning of using the Strassburg Sock.
I've been fighting this plantar fasciitis for so long that I feel like I've tried about everything I could to fix it, short of wearing a hard splint to bed, or wearing some sort of walking boot throughout the day. I had no interest in wearing something all day and taking time off from running. I did end up taking time off from running, so I guess it was bound to happen anyways. Now that I've been using the sock for about a week, I think I can say that I've soon improvement. I still have to do a stretching regimen when I wake up, but I no longer feel the constant dull pain that would accompany every time I woke up from sleep. It took a few days to get the hang of using this Sock, mostly because wearing it too tight would stretch your toes too much, but now that I'm figuring it out, it feels good.
Can't say for certain that this will help anything with regards to running, but for the time being, I think its working well. The true test will be once I hit the fourth week of training and start to really step forward. The first three weeks I'm using to ease back into a full running schedule. Back to back days only on the weekend, and skipping a long run on the first Sunday, followed by reducing the long run mileage on the following Sunday's. I think that's where we are. Frustrating, but not getting too upset about the whole thing. It is what it is. Until next time....later.