On my tenth week of marathon training, I had a run of 15 miles. This, of course, was the longest I had ever run in my entire life. I was ready, though. As long as I go to bed the night before KNOWING that I can run the distance, then I wake up positive and able to complete the journey at hand. So on this particular Saturday, the goal was to reach Melina’s house at the far end of Goleta by lunch. I knew the run would take about 3 hours, so I was out the door by 7:30am.
Somewhere along the way, I was running on a slanted surface – no sidewalk, just the edge of the road. I remember thinking, “this really needs to end, as it’s killing my feet and knees”. Well, it did finally end and I did finish my run that day. More sore than usual. My knee felt funky, my foot hurt like you wouldn’t believe and that entire left leg was just screaming.
We drove to LA that night to watch the US Men’s Team get hammered by Honduras and got home pretty late. On Sunday morning, I slept in a bit, but once I got up and on my feet, I quickly got off them. My left foot was in so much pain by this point, I wasn’t really sure I could walk, so I rested pretty much all day.
Monday came and not wanting to be a wimp, I ran my 5 miles . . . pretty slowly, but I finished. I ran from my house all downhill to La Marina by the beach. Did 6 hill sprints and then jogged all the way back to my house on the hill. Yeah, the foot was not happy.
Tuesday was my strength workout for my hips to help with my ITBS. It felt good to not be pounding the pavement. I also did my shoulder rehab routine I’ve been doing since my surgery. All was good on Tuesday.
Wednesday, again not wanting to be a wimp, I ran my 8 miles. Slower than I’ve ever run 8 miles because of the now very sharp pains in my foot. I think it worked out to something like 12 minute miles. Ugh. I thought about saying something to someone about the pain, but I didn’t want to complain about some stupid strain. I could just work through it.
Thursday was another 5 miles and at this point, I was in so much pain, I had to say something – after I finished, of course.
Friday, I followed my Tuesday routine and so I felt pretty good. Still, it was difficult to walk, but I was certain I would live through a walk to the beach with my girl and our pup. I had trouble sleeping on Friday, knowing that Saturday was coming and 16 miles was on the agenda. I went to sleeping, KINDA THINKING I MIGHT SORTA BE ABLE TO FINISH on Saturday and that was just a bad idea. Remember, I have to KNOW I can do it – otherwise, mentally I’m toast.
At 6:30am on Saturday morning, I load up the pup and head down to drop the car off at the end of where we’ll be running. I’ve got the pup on the leash and I decide I’ll test out the foot to see how it does. Yeah, ok, I made it like a block and I was crying in agony and mentally beat. There was no way in hell I was running 16 miles today. I hobbled back to the car and when the Urgent Care was open, I was there.
Stress fracture. That’s what the doc said. So, I shot the doc and asked for another. Not really, but that’s what I felt like saying. I didn’t train for 10 weeks (and for those that know me, will attest to this) for nothing. I am not a wimp and I will run this damn marathon on March 21st . . . I think.
So the plan is deep water running. Can you say . . . BORING?!?!? I try to mix it up in the pool, but really, I’m in the deep end and have about 10 feet of space to work with. So today, I had an hour and a half to get through. I did some steady running for about a half an hour, then I did sprints for about half an hour. One length of sprint, one length of jogging – repeat 5 times. Then did 2 lengths of sprint, one length of jogging – repeat 4 times. 3 lengths of sprint, one length of jogging – repeat 3 times. 4 lengths of sprint, one length on jogging – repeat 2 times. 5 lengths of sprint – one time. Then build back down.
So, I had half an hour left and mixed it up with high knee running and cross country running. The good news is, I finished the time. Friday will be 2 hours, so I need more ideas, but for now, I’ve got a good hour to hour and half worth of workout ideas.
Perhaps next week, I can get on the spinner one or two days – if I’m pain free. We’ll see…