Alternatively titled “The Week That Wasn’t.” This week started and ended on a rough note. I’m not even going to include the snapshot of what I was supposed to do, because only one day went as planned. I’ll go into detail for each day (if you’re curious) but the big news is that I woke up Friday morning with a random foot pain. It seems something like plantar fasciitis, although that’s just my Google-diagnosis. There isn’t one central point of pain (a sign of a stress fracture) and my foot feels good when I apply pressure. The only thing I can think of is that I’ve been wearing flip-flops more than normal. I got into a good habit of not wearing them when I was in NYC this summer, but it’s just part of the lifestyle here and I’ve been slacking on my “rule.”
Although I attempted my long run on Saturday I cut it in half to avoid further damage. I could have continued and wasn’t in any dying pain, but 1) I’m a baby when it comes to pain (seriously) and 2) why risk it?
Ft. Myers Marathon Training Week 10
Sunday: Pilates circuit class.
Monday: 3 miles. I pushed it back until after class/meetings so I started at 4:50 p.m. when the feels-like temperature was 94 degrees. 24 minutes exactly was enough to wear me out. I did the 3 miles fast for me so I was happy with that considering the weather.
Tuesday: 6.5 miles total (I added a mile to the warm-up). This was the only workout that went as planned! It was 2 miles warm-up, 4 x 800 (.5 mile) at 8.0 on the treadmill with a .5 mile recovery in between, 1 mile cooldown.
Wednesday: Taught spin + 15 minutes of upper body weights.
Thursday: 7 miles total. I did 5 in the morning on the treadmill, went to class, then did 2 outside. Inside pace wasn’t as fast as listed (8:35) but outside was around 8:05. I just couldn’t do anymore not the treadmill, especially because I knew I had some coming on Saturday.
Friday: The core class I mentioned a few weeks ago. Other than that, I stayed off my feet for the entire day.
Saturday: 10 miles. It was supposed to be 20 so I’m disappointed with the turnout. I did 7 on the treadmill slow and 3 outside. Like I said above, I could have gone farther but I’m not one to willingly push through pain, especially this kind. After, I went to a local running store and bought ALL the necessities for foot pain…Biofreeze, a special plantar fasciitis sock, an ice pack wrap, pain meds and even new sneakers (I was due anyway).
Total: 26.5 miles
So the plan is: use previously mentioned products, THROW AWAY FLIP FLOPS (or stash them in the back of my closet) and maybe see a PT this week. I’ll run only if it feels good…maybe this week, maybe not. Could I be overreacting? Hopefully, yes!
There’s never a good time to get injured, but I’m still far enough out from the race that I’m not too worried. I’m sure a lot of you read The Hungry Runner Girl and Janae has the best attitude even though she is missing her marathon today due to sickness (different from injury, but still a wrench in the plan). I’m following her lead and staying positive.
Plus, if there’s ever a time to take off it’s during fall break when all I want to do is chill at home with my family (mainly my dog).