- Tuesday: 5 miles @10:44/mi + glute and hip strength training
- Wednesday: 4.3 miles @9:18/mi
- Thursday: 5 miles @10:56/mi + glute and hip strength training
- Saturday: 12 miles @9:55/mi – nutrition notes: 1/2 Picky Bar pre-run, Gu at mile 3.7, 8.5. Sports drink: 1 NUUN lemon-lime tab.
- Sunday: Yoga for runners
Total miles ran: 26.5 miles
I finally saw my podiatrist on Thursday morning. After my painful 20 miler I was pretty concerned about how my feet would feel this week. I wore my dancer’s pad on Tuesday and Wednesday during my runs and felt no pain (in fact, I felt super great — and fast — on Wednesday). The podiatrist put a metatarsal pad on my left Superfeet insole and carved out a dancer’s pad on my right insole. With fingers crossed I headed out for an easy run Thursday evening with my new frankinsoles. After a hill my right foot hurt dammit! It wasn’t horrible but it was still annoying. My left foot had some issues too but I fed “positive” thoughts to myself to get through the run (My feet are just tired since I ran so fast yesterday, My feet are just getting used to the frankinsoles. Shut up.)
After that disappointing run I wasn’t sure what to expect for my 12 miler on Saturday. On Friday I parked on campus and didn’t take my regular 2 mile midday walk so I could rest my feet more. When I headed out on Saturday things felt pretty good. Again, after a hill my right sesamoid hurt but I immediately switched to a heel strike pattern for just a few strides and then returned to my normal midfoot/forefoot strike and things were maintainable. In the end, it was a pretty nice run and I easily finished with a sub 10/minute mile pace. Yipee!!!
Yesterday I got a pair of Altra One2s* and I’m going to test them out tonight, very cautiously (and with my insoles). If they feel okay I’ll probably train in them leading up to the marathon. There’s no way I’ll run the marathon in them but I’m optimistic that I can convert over to them full-time, post marathon.
*I was reading up on runners with foot neuroma issues and kept finding positive stories from runners who switched over to Altra shoes. Altras have a wider toe bed and a narrower heel opening (both of which I need). They are zero drop but have cushioning so that’s a bonus. I love the feel of zero drop shoes (I’ve always been a forefoot striker so they feel really natural to me) but I’ve had neuroma pain trying to run in Vibram Five Fingers and Brooks Pure Drifts due to the lack of cushioning. I probably wouldn’t have ordered the Altras so quickly but I did a quick search for the One2 and Nordstrom was selling the blue model for $39.97. Seriously?!!!! Everyone else was selling them for $100. I kind of thought it was a mistake on Nordstrom’s part so I immediately purchased them (and now they are back at $100 so maybe it was a mistake)!
Now that I have so much extra time on my hands (tapering!!!) I’m going to focus on making a couple of running playlists (I need to make a “I am totally pumped for this 5 mile hill” list and a “Only 10K to go” list, at least) and think about what delicious beers I’m going to guzzle in Bend and Portland.