Running after a hiatus


I went for a run again today.

It’s slow going after all the time off because of my plantar fascia issues.

I remember what it felt like to run a half marathon at 10 minute miles. It’s mentally surprising to find myself struggling to keep a 3 mile run under 12 minute pace.

So I don’t look at my watch.

I remember that my experience and effort can be the same, even if my results aren’t.

I can still go down to the beach and run for 40 minutes. Even if it’s a slow jog (and we can blame the sand) when I look down at myself in my running gear I feel like myself again.


It can be hard to struggle with the memory of being faster and having more endurance. In some ways, it’s harder than starting to become active the first time when every step was an improvement, most runs a PR.

But if we can remember how good it feels to be outside, or to come back from a run, or to stop after an interval with our hearts pounding… well those are things we can experience at a slower pace, even after a break.

I can no longer run 10 miles at the break of dawn, but I can enjoy running, and it makes me feel like me again.






  1. Hey Kelly, I struggle with plantar fasciitis too.

    One thing that is helping me is using additional insoles, the ones you can find at your local pharmacy. I have a pair bought 2-3 years ago and I still use them.

    Another thing to do is using well cushioned shoes for your daily activities. The idea is to protect that area with inflammation for as long as possible. My issues went away probably 99%. I’m not entirely healed nut is much much better than 2 years ago.

    I don’t know how old are you but what the doctors told me is that is an age thing. I refuse to believe I’m that old lol

    1. Hi Vic,

      I’m glad your plantar fasciitis has improved! I actually ended up having great luck with a combination of Active Release Technique and going barefoot and doing strengthening exercises. I wrote about it here:

      I’m about to turn 34, so I guess it’s not so much an age thing for me, but it was not fun either!

      I highly recommend doing marble strengthening with the feet and looking into ART / myofascial therapy if you’re curious, it worked wonders for me!

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