You're right, Bob -- there is indeed hope. Having spent nearly two years on my butt, I feel pretty tentative about my newly resumed life. I HAVE overdone it on occasion, and have lived to regret it. Took me about a week to return to my largely painfree level. So the lesson is -- TRY not to overdo it. Every morning when I set out, I make myself a promise -- even though the old behavior was to push, push, push through any discomfort -- I promise myself now: 1) that I will only increase my distance in 1/4 mile increments; 2) the moment I get serious heel pain, I will hot-foot it home.
Again, congratulations Bob. It's great you are back on the beach again.