Half Marathon Training – Week 6 – Goals – 9km & Yoga Achieved – Week of Mishaps – Yup!

32 Weeks to Half Marathon

My goal is to run the Valley Harvest Half Marathon, on Sunday, October 11th in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 21.1km.

Sunday – Long Run – 9km Goal Achieved!


Lesson learned this run: with the slippery road conditions and my running slowed for caution – during my final kilometer – I was so busy focusing on increasing my speed to keep my run under 50 minutes, I forgot distance and stopped too soon – before reaching 6km! D’oh!!!


I made up the lost 6m from Monday’s run, on Tuesday’s run!! 🙂

Wednesday – My First Run in the Rain

Thursday – What Was I Thinking?

I decided I was going to try a more sturdy knee support, along with the gentle knee band I am using now. There is nothing wrong with my right knee, however it does have a bit of a twist to it. My thinking has been, while my legs develop strength, I will gently support my knee as it too develops strength, to prevent injury. Well, this additional stiff knee support is going right back to the pharmacy I bought it at! My leg screamed at me the entire run because of the added resistance every time I bent my knee! My knee didn’t like it either! I’ll never do that again! My gentle knee support band is just enough and feels right. <3

Friday – My First Injury!

I sprint down the last section of my run – a small hill. This day, as I ran down the hill with everything I had – suddenly a spot under my left foot SCREAMED out in pain and didn’t stop. Either did I, but I slowed down enough to make it to my finish line! I hobbled back to my Jeep, totally pissed off at this pain in the a*& – pain in my left foot! This upcoming Sunday would be my first 10km long run!! I have been mentally preparing for this all week!!!!!! NO WAY was this going to stop me!

As I hobbled into work, I asked one of the PE teachers about my foot, and he identified it as plantar fasciitis. Rest, anti-inflammatories and rolling it on a frozen bottle of water would help.

I also read online, along with stretching, that the more I walked on it, the better my foot would get as this would stretch out the ligaments in my foot. That advice seemed counter intuitive, but it did seem to help. I walked as much as I could! My total steps for Friday were 23,288!! I would have walked to the moon and back if that would have helped this injury disappear!!

Saturday – Day Off

I’m relaxing in bed, writing this blog. My foot is slowly getting better! Today, along with OTC anti – inflammatory medication, I will do more stretching and use the frozen water bottle on it!

Total Kilometers: 40.58km

Thoughts About This Week

This week was a hot mess! I was tired. Everyday, tired. I’m not sure why. I’ve been getting restful 7 hours of sleep each night. Eating healthy, taking care of myself. Including a new routine of before bed yoga.

This week, before bed, I stretch with a hips, hamstrings and back yoga practice at the website Do Yoga With Me: https://www.doyogawithme.com/content/yoga-hips-hamstrings-and-back

With my first injury – plantar fasciitis – I realize how important it is to stretch my hamstrings as well as strengthen the muscles in my feet too!

And, stop focusing so much on my time, so I don’t forget to reach my desired distance! My pace is important, but keep my mindset as a gradual gain and attain.

Next Week’s Goal

Not be a hot mess!!!

My goal is to run 10km on my long run, maintain my before bed yoga routine and strengthen the muscles and ligaments in my feet!!

S, 🏃🏼‍♀️

Half Marathon Training – 2020

Half Marathon Training – Week 1 – In Total, 30km Goal Achieved

Half Marathon Training – Week 2 – Goal – 6km Achieved

Half Marathon Training – Week 3 – Goal – Each Run Holding at 6km Achieved – Goal of Speed Increase Not Achieved

Half Marathon Training – Week 4 – Goal – Long Run – 7km, Holding at 6km & Speed Increase – Achieved!

Half Marathon Training – Week 5 – Goal – Long Run – 8km, Finding My Pace – Achieved!

Half Marathon Training – Week 6 – Goals – 9km & Yoga Achieved – Week of Mishaps – Yup!

Half Marathon Training – Week 7 – Plantar Fasciitis Halts Running – So I Bought a Bike!

Half Marathon Training – Week 8 – Plantar Fasciitis Continues to Halt Running, The COVID-19 Pandemic & My First Time Spinning!

Half Marathon Training – Week 9 – Plantar Fasciitis Continues to Halt Running, Adapting Exercise Habits During These COVID-19 Days With Indoor, Low Impact, High Cardio Exercise & We Bought a Bike!

Half Marathon Training – Week 10 – Plantar Fasciitis Continues to Halt Running & Finding My Exercise Groove During These COVID-19 Days

Half Marathon Training – Week 11 – Plantar Fasciitis Continues to Halt Running: Indoor Cardio & Outdoor Fun

Half Marathon Training – Week 12 – Plantar Fasciitis Continues to Halt Running; Stress & Anxiety & The Body

Half Marathon Training – Week 13 – No Running. Week 14 – RUNNING!!

Half Marathon Training – Week 15 & 16 – Getting My Groove Back

Half Marathon Training – Week 17 – My First 10Km!

Half Marathon Training – Week 18 – My First Race!

Half Marathon Training – Week 19 – ‘Till I Collapse Kinda Week!

Half Marathon Training – Week 20 – The Significance of Music

Half Marathon Training – Week 21 – The Importance of Stretching and Laughter

Half Marathon Training – Weeks 22-24 – Badass and Heart Centered

Half Marathon Training – Weeks 25-27 – New Sneakers, Warrior Walk & Gluteus Medius

Half Marathon Goal – Postponed to 2021

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Go get it looked at by a professional. Are you in Halifax? I may be able to recommend someone.

    1. I’m close to Halifax. But I don’t have a family doctor since we moved back to NS… I’m off to BC in two weeks. Lots of doctors there. My first item on the agenda is to see one and present my long list of needs such as referrals to specialists!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. I guess… you’ve been out of the country for so long! Where in BC? We have a place in Golden now.

      2. Exactly!!! Out of the country for 4 years and didn’t think to stay in touch with my family doctor. Now, I’m no longer her patient and have to start from scratch again!

        Campbell River. My husband Michael is there, preparing the house to put on the market for the spring!

        Golden looks GOLDEN!!! I just Googled it! Surrounded by mountains and with white water rafting!! Must be BEAUTIFUL!!! 🙂 <3 🙂

      3. Yes, it’s some of the best white water rafting around. And we’re on the ski hill, so it’s perfect for skiing and biking. Long way from Campbell River though. My friend used to work as athletic therapist at the mill in Campbell River – small world.

      4. My husband used to work at the mill!!! I wonder if they know each other? My husband’s name is Michael Millette!

      5. I’ll ask, she’s Colleen Creighton. Really small world!

      6. I’m going to message my husband right now asking if he knows her!!!

      7. Yes, he knows her! His friend, Steve Ross used to go out with her!!!

      8. Oh funny!!! I heard about Steve and I think his daughter. I’ll tell Colleen. So funny!

      9. Small world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    2. I’ll take your referral, so I know who to get a referral for!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. I think this is a link to Heather McLeod, athletic therapist in or near Halifax https://athletictherapy.org/members/en/athletic-therapist.aspx?id=65c897ae-6db6-4031-bef4-deaae5a1b219

      2. Thank you!! This is Maggie? 🙂 🙂 🙂

      3. yes, always me, Richard is the photographer and rarely reads blogs and never comments.

      4. Nice to meet you and get to know you Maggie!! 🙂 <3

      5. You too!!!!

      6. <3 <3 <3

  2. Margie says:

    Oh dear , Stephanie I am so sorry about your injury and send healing thoughts.
    <3 <3 <3
    Hope next week goes much better for you.

    1. My foot is feeling better today!!! Thank you Margie!!! <3 <3 <3

      1. Margie says:

        Wonderful. <

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