My training for the Love Run Half Marathon has come to a halt…
Okay, it’s not as bad as it sounds, but I had to listen to my instincts and look into a potential injury. The theme of this past week of training is “better safe than sorry”! Keep reading to find out what’s going on with me.
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You know how I’ve been talking about this is the year that I want to focus on staying injury-free? Well…I may have a problem. The top of my right foot has some unpleasant soreness that I’ve been feeling over the past few days. It freaked me out because it reminded me of when I had a stress fracture (in the same foot) way back in 2013.
Thankfully I was able to quickly set up a doctor’s appointment for Friday. She examined my foot and while I didn’t have any sharp pain, I did have some mild inflammation. It’s still too soon to know if it’s anything serious but she didn’t want me to get an X-ray since I had one a few months ago when I had a softball land hard right on my foot.
I was given a prescription of Naproxen for pain and inflammation to take the next few days and I have to rest from weight-bearing exercises, running and barre, for a week. Better safe than sorry.
As soon as I got my “diagnosis” I let Coach Laura know about the situation so that she can adjust my training. She’s given me some alternative workouts to take place of running so I’ll have to do that until I get cleared. Hopefully, the pain will go away and in a couple of weeks, things will go back to normal. Positive vibes on a speedy recovery are appreciated!!
Monday 2/6: I went to yoga during lunch. It’ll be my last class with Amanda for a few weeks because she’ll be out of town for a week and then I’ll be out of town on a few upcoming Mondays. We did a lot of twisting in class which was clearly something my body needed. Then I ran 4 easy miles after work. The weather was great, but I was so tired when I got home!
Tuesday 2/7: Yoga class after work. It was the usual crew this week. I really enjoyed class even though Warrior 1 continues to be a struggle! We had “wall time” of course…I practiced my shoulder stand a little more, but didn’t have as much success.
Wednesday 2/8: That morning, my right foot was having pain similar to my metatarsal stress fracture that I had in 2013. Naturally, I started freaking out and I made a doctor appointment for Friday. Still, I went on my 5-mile tempo run and it ended up being rough. After a mile warmup I was supposed to do 3 miles at my goal half marathon pace (10-10:10)….my splits were 11:37(!), 10:44, and 10:03. I do have hills on the route that I run, but I was working so hard that first mile that I can’t believe my pace was so slow. My legs were just beat…but the good news was that I didn’t have any foot pain and I finished better than I started. Also, the weather was super warm and humid, nearly 60 degrees in the evening!
Thursday 2/9: Rest day! The timing couldn’t be better because we had a snowstorm that morning! We were predicted to get 6 inches, but it was all bark and no bite…
Friday 2/10: Barre class in the morning. Once again it was a killer! The instructor isn’t for the faint of heart!
Saturday 2/11: The beginning of my rest week. I didn’t get to go to the gym to work out so I stayed home and played Sims 4 for a few hours, haha!
Sunday 2/12: I had a busy day out in the ‘burbs so I didn’t get to go to yoga class in the morning. I did do a quick workout in the evening including squats, pushups, side planks, bridges, and clamshells.
Would you believe it was 57 degrees for my evening run and tomorrow morning we’re gonna get a snowstorm with maybe 6 or more inches?! Glad I could wear a short sleeve and shorts on my run before the cold snap! I ran 5 tough miles working on speed…my legs were begging me to slow down but I worked my hardest! Now time to chill! Do you have snow coming your way?? #RWNR #halfmarathontraining #run215
You may be wondering how I feel about this rest week. I know that it’s the right thing to do, and I’m trying my best to stay optimistic that my caution may be for naught. If you’ve been following me and my training for a while, you know how much I emphasize listening to your body. Getting injured again is one of my biggest fears and I never want to experience wearing a boot again. It was a truly miserable experience.
While I’m bummed that I have to stop running for a week, I know that it won’t hurt my fitness too much and I have plenty of time to get back to my training routine before the Love Run Half Marathon. It’s all about the long-term, not short-term goals. Big picture! And again, the foot pain really isn’t that bad, so my situation could be so much worse than it is!
My feet may also have soreness due to the foot strengthening exercises that Coach Laura gave me to work on. So I will do my “safe” cross-training exercises over the next few days, take my meds, and pray for the best! Prior to cutting off my training, I would give Week 6 a B- grade. The tempo run was really disappointing…I was overthinking the run and paid the price. But all I can do is move forward!
How was your week of working out? Did you have crazy weather?