Back to the gym

18 Dec

I was going to post yesterday and complain about how my long run on Saturday ended up being just a mile before my foot got achy enough that I knew I needed to head home. But as I checked my Google reader in the morning I realized there was a “blog moment of silence” that many bloggers were using to show support for the Newtown community in CT. So I closed wordpress and decided complaining about something so minor by comparison would be silly. I hope you don’t mind that  I remained quiet yesterday. It just felt like the right thing to do.


I did get back to the gym yesterday and it felt nice. Though I really couldn’t run like I had hoped. Instead I walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill and biked for 15. I went back this morning too and stuck to the bike mostly with a little bit of walking. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next, but it is just so frustrating to not be able to run. My foot feels fine when I walk, stand, whatever. But as soon as I put on my running shoes and start running, the pain starts to come back. It’s not nearly as painful as last week, so I guess I just need to give it some more rest time.

I did try changing shoes (as a few suggested in the comments), and the new shoes do feel a little better, but I can’t figure out if it’s because my foot is healing in general or if it’s because of the shoes. The ones I’ve been running on have only 97 miles on them so it seems odd they would have kicked the bucket by now.

I have planned to take Friday off from work to get in a 20 mile run – the last long run before tapering. I’m really not sure if my foot is going to be up to it though. I may end up postponing my 20 mile run until Monday (the next opportunity I’ll have since family will be visiting over the weekend) to give my foot more rest time. And if I can’t do it on Monday… I’m not sure what I’ll do. My dad keeps saying I am more than ready – I’ve worked my way up to this distance over the course of four months, and done 17, 18 and 20 mile runs. But I would just feel so much better if I could get 18-20 miles in before race day. It would really help my confidence again. But I know it’s not worth injuring myself on a training run. What I really care about is crossing the start and finish lines on race day.

I know, I know, I just need to be patient.


4 Responses to “Back to the gym”

  1. Jenna December 18, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Hang in there!!! Xo happy Tuesday! Spa ❤

  2. lhyderdarlington December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    you will do fine. Good luck with your race! You can do it!

  3. specialkkluthe December 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Your dad is right – you’ve put all the hard work in. Even though I totally understand the desire to run long one more time (just to prove you can do it), it is definitely more important to listen to your foot and rest if it needs it. Have you thought about swimming as crosstraining while you can’t run? It’s a good aerobic workout.

    • Tanya December 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Totally agree with you ^!! You’ve done the training, you’re ready. You don’t feel ready, but you are. Trust your training. Trust yourself. Rest is what your foot probably needs right now (rest from running, that is). Take long walks, do some aqua-running, get on the elliptical. Just keep moving and let that foot heal up.
      Before Nike San Fran in ’05 I twisted my knee. I missed my last 20 miler, but did water running for 3 weeks for every scheduled run (my longest session was 1.5 hours). It almost bored me to death, but I felt like it kept up my fitness enough and helped that knee heal. Come race day, the Advil and the adrenaline let me finish pain-free!
      Hang in there! 🙂

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