Archive for February, 2014

What the foot doctor said

The last couple of weeks have been tough, I have been battling with a pain in my right foot on my runs, the weather and road conditions have been crappy, and I have had far too many dates with Mr. Elliptical when I would have preferred to be outside. After last week’s long run, about 200 yards from home, it felt like I broke something in my foot, a shooting pain that stopped all running. I thought I had stepped on a piece of gravel, however it was just my foot telling me that I needed to stop running. I did some research and it looked like something I definately needed to check out. So I made an appointment with a foot specialist at a sports clinic and the conclusion is I am going to be getting orthotics to wear when I run. Long story short (without any technical terms as I can’t remember any of those big words) I am putting to much pressure on the ball of my foot when I run due to my arches of my foot not staying where they are supposed to. I should have my have my orthotics by the end of the week (super fast), they recommend wearing them for two weeks before I start putting lots of miles on them in a long run. However best news ever, it is nothing serious and I can keep running (limited for the next couple weeks). There is certainly something to be said for going to a clinic that specializes in sports. They didn’t care that I am not a competitive runner, not on a competitive sports team, they just wanted to make sure I could keep active doing what I wanted to do. Yeah!!

This past week I have been using the elliptical to try and keep the pressure off my foot. It looks like this will be the game plan for the next couple of weeks as well. I did however managed to get in 5 miles yesterday but my foot was sore the whole time. However there was no snow, no ice, dry roads and sunshine. I was happy to get this in, because today is is crappy again with more snow. There will be lots of dates with Mr. Elliptical over the next couple of weeks so hopefully the weather will be nicer after that.

We are half way through our half marathon training. Training is going well, however I am hoping it will be better once the foot issue clears up and Mother Nature cheers up some!

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It is still cold out there

Mother Nature still has not let up in our area.  We still have a pile of snow, our roads are still snow covered and it is hard to get my daily runs in.  Since my last post, I have had more dates with Mr. Elliptical than the roads, thank goodness the schedule is somewhat flexible. I have gotten in a few exercise classes which is great as they help me cross of the cross-training days on the schedule.

Last week there was three dr. appts with our little guy who broke his elbow a while back. So my lunch runs were out of the question, but I did manage to get in my long run on Saturday. It was bright, sunny, still cold, but there was no wind.  It was tough, the first half was on snow packed roads, which made my legs tire faster than I would have liked.  The second half was pretty clear on paved roads, well a little path down the center of the lane, thank goodness for little traffic. I ended up walking the last mile on the schedule because I just could not make my legs run that last mile on snow again.  They were just too tired.

Monday I tried to get in my 3 miles following our exercise class, but only got in 1.5 miles before I had to pick up my daughter.  I thought that it would be easier to run in town but their streets were just as snow covered, perhaps worse than at home because it was broken up, loose snow and was like running in the sand. So I tried again yesterday to get in the 5-6 miles. I went out close to dark with flashlights and a plan to run 1 mile out and back three times so that I would be close to home. However that lasted only 1.5 miles too because I could hear the coyote packs in the woods and I high-tailed it back home.

So I went out again this morning and finally got in 5 kms (3.11 miles). I finally broke the 40 minute mark.  The run was the first one on dry pavement since I started training.  It was COLD, – 24 degrees Celsius out there, but again no wind, so it was not too bad. I was dressed for the weather. However I noticed that running on the packed snow where you have to watch your every step has shortened my already short strides.  Tomorrow I think I am going to head to the track to get in the interval training, I really want to stretch out my legs.

This weather is really testing my ability to get out there. My legs are tired and are really tight  when I start out. However I keep reminding myself how much further ahead I will be when this snow is finally gone.  Milage is starting to get bigger, so the commitment will have to get to a bigger level as well. The goal is there, I just have to reach it.

 

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Finally a break in the weather

We have finally caught a break with the weather this week. From Saturday the 25th – Saturday the 1st there was no way I was running outside. It was miserable, COLD and blowing. Much to dangerous to get out on our sideroads, as the plows fly and I don’t know if they would have seen me at all. I did find out that there is an indoor track that we can use, but it is 25 minutes from my home, so if the weather is bad, I still can’t get to it. However at least I know if it is “just cold” there is somewhere to go, and it would also be a great place for speed intervals.
I was supposed to run two virtual runs on the 25th however due to the weather I did not do either on that day. However I did finish one yesterday – Run For Cookies in celebration for Katie’s birthday. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, but it was BRISK! The roads were completely snow-packed so footing wasn’t great, but I got it done. You can see from the picture that it was cold and the minute I pulled the camera out of my pocket it completely fogged up. I tried to take another picture, however my phone died at that very time. The time was certainly not as fast as I would have liked it to be, however given the conditions I was very pleased to get it done. And being outside was glorious!! 40:33

It was chilly out there.

It was chilly out there.

After this run last night, I went to exercise class. Guess what they made us do… RUN LAPS 🙂 My legs were tired! However I felt like I was flying as I was on solid ground, no wind, no snow and could run at full stride. 50 times around the gym with exercise intervals spread throughout made for an excellent workout.

On the agenda for today is 4-5 miles as Miles 1-2 Easy; mile 3 Tempo (Zone 3); miles 4-5 Easy. I am going to use this one as the second Virtual Run – Licorice and Olives. It is supposed to get cold again with yucky weather again tomorrow, so I really want to get out there today. I think I will run out and have my hubby pick me up on the way somewhere, that way I can run on paved, drier roads with no snow.

Spring is on it’s way, I know it is 🙂

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