- Tuesday: 5 miles @10:18/mi + glute and hip strength training
- Wednesday: 8.1 miles @10:09/mi
- Thursday: 5.3 miles @10:09/mi + glute and hip strength training
- Saturday: 12.2 miles @10:08/mi – nutrition notes: honey stinger waffle pre-run, Gu at mile 5. Sports drink: 1.5 NUUN lemon-lime tabs diluted w/ 23oz. of water.
- Sunday: 1.5 hours of revitalizing yoga for runners (a lot of deep lunges and hip openers)
Total miles ran: 30.8 miles
I love a cutback week! I wish I could say that the extra rest has helped my feet but they continue to give me issues. I know I said I was planning on going to my podiatrist but I’ve been putting it off because although my feet have been hurting me, they haven’t gotten worse (for the most part — I’ve have some pain since January) and they aren’t really slowing me down. (Plus, I have a $350 deductible that I want to avoid paying which is silly.)
Allow me to post some photos (some are ugly and you’ve been warned, my one loyal reader). Here are the blisters I developed on my 19 mile run 2 weeks ago. The right foot blister is due to my poor taping techniques and has nothing to do with my socks or shoes. D’oh!
My left foot has this weird big toe blood blister. Very random. You can also see the callus where I have my Morton’s neuroma.
My feet are bendy and bony and bunion-y and I guess that’s why they are bugging the crap out of me. They require much pampering.
Anyway, I tried taping my right foot metatarsals for my 12 mile run, hoping to alleviate the pressure on them. I followed these instructions and my taping job was top notch (sort of). But I still had pain off and on (and whenever I needed to turn a left corner I basically came to a full stop because it hurts to pivot on that joint).
I have 4 weeks to either figure this out and fix it or just come to terms with it and know that I will have some pain during the marathon. I can only hope that it doesn’t get bad enough to prevent me from running the full distance (or worse, cause a long-term issue).
There are all kinds of things I want to try. I have these little stick-on metatarsal pads. I’m going to try them out on my shorter runs this week (hoping to get them placed properly). I also ordered some “dancer’s pads” and I’ve been working on those damn calluses with a pumice stone. I’d love to try a different pair of shoes but I think it’s too risky at this point to change.
Anyway, this marathon training has been quite a learning experience. I suppose if it didn’t have little blips like this in it, more people would train for a one. Or maybe it just takes a special kind of denial to continue running with this pain. On a bright note, my hips feel great and super strong and I haven’t had any soreness or leg fatigue after long runs (even my feet feel fine once I stop running).
Oh look! My knee is almost better! No more band-aids! (I warned you.)
Coming up: 20 miles!!