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. ❤
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!!