I'll keep this short since I try to avoid public whining and I've exhausted my pictures of the world's smallest violins... but the plantar fasciitis has flared up again, this time in grand fashion. As a result of hobbling during my running and walking, the left calf has also become lightly strained. While that in itself is not a big deal, it's a sign that my gate has become affected and will likely only lead to more problems.
I'm going to my absolute last resort now which is also only logical at this point and that is to take some time off. I'd rather nix my plans for the marathon this February and try and heal up to be good to go for the Western States 100 rather than come into both races limping. Even then, there are no guarantees, but nothing else has worked so far, so why not?
I'll do some strength training in the meantime, and do some light and slow running when I see fit. However, healing up is now my top priority. Frustrating, yes... but things could be worse.