Well hello! I can tell you that I certainly didn’t think that so many weeks would pass since my last blog post, but I’m back! I finally had some time to dedicate to writing, which s perfect because Marcia’s Runfessions is one of my favorite types of posts!
May has really flown by. I finished the New Jersey Marathon at the end of April and I’ve been “recovering” ever since…so you know I’ve definitely got a whole lot of running confessions to share! I’m also linking up with the new Friday 5 2.0 with Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy!Hey, I'm still alive! And I'm sharing some #runfessions for the month of May - join in the fun! #runchat #sweatpink Click To Tweet
For the first time in a long time, I took almost 2 weeks off from running after the marathon. Coach Laura advised that I take a full week off, which my body desperately needed after working so hard for so long! But since then, I’ve run less than 10 miles the entire month! Now, I definitely had intentions to run more, but we had so much rain in May that it kept me indoors more often than I planned. I only wanted to do 2-4 miles at a time anyway, but it just didn’t happen. It feels weird to not be running 4 days a week, but I will enjoy it while it lasts! At least I don’t have as much dirty running clothes to deal with in the laundry!
As I mentioned in my last training recap, my foot pain got really bad during the days leading up to the marathon. I put my body through a LOT during marathon training, so I’m just grateful that I was able to hold on a bit longer and have an excellent race! Unfortunately, even while I have barely run over the past month, the pain is still there, if not worse, and just walking can be really painful, especially in my left heel. I’ve been doing stretches, rolling, and icing, but I’m not getting better…I know it’s time to finally make a doctor’s appointment. I have done physical therapy in the past for plantar fasciitis so you’d think I would have learned something, but I really need some medical attention ASAP. If you’ve been treated for PF, who did you work with – a physical therapist, sports chiropractor, podiatrist? I even heard that acupuncture could help. I’d love to hear what worked for you! And I PROMISE to get this taken care of right away!
The next several months for me is a big question mark when it comes to training for races. Getting a PR for the marathon was my big goal for the year, and now that I’ve met it, I’m feeling a bit lost. I’d really love to get back to focusing on half marathons, but since I’m getting married this fall, I don’t know if it would be wise to commit to another training plan (once I’m injury-free, of course!). Sure, I won’t have to deal with 3-hour runs on the weekend, but training takes up a lot of time! I know that Bret wants us to do more races together, and I would love to get closer to a 2:00 marathon – I really believe it’s possible!
Since I’m getting married at the end of October, does it make more sense to train for a half marathon in September or November? If you’ve read the blog long enough, you know that I HATE training in the summer (for many reasons), but it would be a great opportunity to try to find some new trails in the Greater Philadelphia area. I’ve done the big Philly fall races so many times at this point that I’d really like to do something new. Any race recommendations for the fall in the Mid-Atlantic region?
This is the first year in a very long time that I’ve had such a low mileage in May. Normally the winddown begins in June and things pick up in August. Obviously, after training 5 months for a marathon, I deserved a bit of a break, but with all the progress I made with Coach Laura, I’m scared that it’ll be that much harder to pick things up when I start running again, especially since I have to get past this PF injury. I’m still doing other barre and yoga of course, but I miss running. I need to keep up with my cross-training and maybe get into strength training, I don’t know. Maybe I’m just getting a little stir-crazy? I’ve been running long enough to know that I have to be patient!
Training for a race provides so much structure when you have your own running blog! Since I’m not in training mode right now, I feel like I don’t have much to talk about! I love Holly and Wendy’s Weekly Wrap, but I feel a bit silly just talking about my one-off workouts and weekend shenanigans as if it’s interesting to anyone else. I thought my life would be too boring to share without training for a race, haha!
But now that I’m heading closer to my 5-year blogiversary, I am inspired to get back my writing mojo. I miss having brainstorming sessions about running topics – I have a spreadsheet and everything, lol! I’m also hoping to have some more product reviews to share with you. I hate that I didn’t post much this month, but I’m looking forward to the future and I hope you’ll stay tuned!
What runfessions would you share with me?