Richmond Marathon Training – Week 10

Well, this week didn’t go as planned.

Monday: Planned – 4 miles easy.  Actual – 4 miles @ 12:05 pace.  This run was a little tough but not terrible.  After the run, I noticed an achiness in my big toe, where it connects to the ball of my foot.  I didn’t feel it when I was running, though.

Tuesday: Planned – Strength training & speedwork (3 x 1 mile repeats @8:27 pace).  Actual: 30 mins strength training, 1 mile warmup, speedwork, .5 mile cooldown walk.

My foot felt fine, so I decided to go ahead with my run.  I was nervous I wasn’t going to be able to hit my paces, but was pleasantly surprised that I not only hit them, but they didn’t feel as hard as I thought they would.  However, at the very end of my last interval, I started feeling tenderness in my big toe area, so I walked my cooldown.  My joint felt very tender afterwards so I emailed my coach in a panic.  I knew that something wasn’t right.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Rest and cross training (bike).  Talking to my coach, we decided to rest it as much as possible.  The next day, it was feeling better with no pain, just tightness.  Friday I got a sports massage with Will at Georgia Sports Chiropractic and it was AWESOME…I will definitely be back.  By Friday my foot was feeling a little tight but otherwise fine, and I started wondering if I was over-reacting.

Saturday: I took another rest day.  Since I wasn’t long running, I went to Warm Yin yoga at Infinity Yoga.  It was raining, and I got a spot right by the window and the candles at the front of the room.  There was a real calming effect of the rain and the candles, and I left there in a pretty good place.  I still didn’t have any pain in my foot, but it was feeling tight down in my arches.

Sunday: Planned – 20 miles. Actual – 5 miles @ 11:42 pace.  

The plan was to see how much I could do without pain, since I hadn’t had pain since Tuesday.  I was hopeful to get in at least double digits since this was supposed to be my first peak week of training.  However, after just a few miles my foot didn’t feel right – very tight in the arch and ball of foot joint, so I stopped.  When I got home, it felt achy and I’ve been icing and resting it as much as possible today.

I did get to end my week on a high note by going to the Falcons game with Brian.  The Falcons really tried to give the game away but ended up winning in OT with an interception.  And now, the Falcons are 5-0 heading into a division game versus the Saints on Thursday night!

At the Falcons Game with Brian

At the Falcons Game with Brian

Also, I have to give a shout out to two of my ROCKSTAR running friends today:

Cyanne – congrats on your second marathon! I know you had a lot of challenges today, but I am so proud of you for digging deep and gutting out the race.  Congrats on your PR!!!

Carrie – so proud of you for finishing out the 20 miles solo.  You’re going to kill it in Richmond!!!

Total Miles for the Week: 15

Looking forward to next week: I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m bummed about my foot and nervous about what this means for Richmond.  I’m hoping that I caught whatever is brewing in my foot in time to keep it from completely derailing my training, but any injury is always frustrating.  I’m really worried it’s some sort of tendonitis.  I am going to try to get in with a Podiatrist ASAP and will hopefully get good news from him, or at the minimum figure out what is going on.  In the meantime, I’m going to make good use of those swim lessons I took awhile back and ramp up cross-training in order to maintain endurance.  5 weeks til Richmond.

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    • I’m hoping that I didn’t wait too long! It is feeling good today so fingers crossed for good news from the doctor later this morning. The podiatrist I’m seeing is not only a marathoner himself, but also a run coach and race director so I know I’m in good hands! 🙂

  1. Jess, I so hope your foot heals up by November 14th! But you are being smart to take care of it now. Hoping its nothing serious! I think I saw a pic of you on instagram swimming- definitely a great idea to keep up the cardio fitness!

    • Thanks Jessie! Just got back from the doctor, will post a full update later…but the good news is I am able to get back to running. Whew!

    • Thanks! Just got back from the doctor and the good news is that with a little extra support, I can run again. Glad I backed off, though!

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