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

31 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 – 10km Not Achieved!

With Friday’s onset of plantar fasciitis, I took the weekend off to rest my foot. With plantar fasciitis being my first ever running injury, I was naively waiting for it to go away…..

Monday – Running Transitions to Biking

…. it didn’t… I tried to run Monday morning and ended up making my foot – that was feeling better – worse. I was not going to let this stop me from exercising and losing my momentum as I prepare for October’s half-marathon!

So, Monday after work, I bought a bike! A Trek Dual Sport 3 Woman’s high-performance hybrid bike! I love my new bike!!!! She can handle long rides on pavement and dirt roads!! Woohoo!!!

Tuesday – Thursday = Biking

Biking was a transition from distance to time. Biking 6km each morning was not the same as running 6km each morning. I had to bike the same amount of time as it took me to run 6km – about 50 minutes. I also had to find my route that would allow me to bike for an hour and give me the cardio workout I desired.

I stayed off of Highway 14 – just too dangerous for many reasons – and biked the back roads of the cottage community I’m currently staying in = hills = steep hills. I was either peddling up a hill and about to pass out or coasting down the other side.

I didn’t feel like biking gave me the consistent cardio running did – because of the coasting down hills part. So, I started biking after work too.

Total Kilometers: 37.14km

Friday – Saturday – Sunday = No Exercise

With Saturday’s approaching flight to Vancouver Island, British Columbia to stay with my husband Michael over March Break, Friday was a busy day of getting everything ready to be away. Saturday was flying to British Columbia. Sunday was a no exercise day – my foot still bothering me and I was without my bike. Without my bike and not able to run….. what was I going to do?

Next Week’s Goals

Not sure about this, as everything changes daily because of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Yoga practiced each day, at home. Yes.
  • Start a daily treatment routine of my foot with plantar fasciitis. Yes.
  • Try to find an alternative method of cardio!! You bet!!!
  • Take it day-by-day – absolutely!!!!

S, 🙂

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!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Margie says:

    Stephanie, your new bike looks awesome.
    I love the look of it
    Sorry your foot is still causing you pain.
    We are staying home due to the virus.
    Scary days
    I walk our dog and have been running 3 days outside and
    2 days on the threadrill
    Slow running but it feels good.
    I hope your foot heals soon
    Sending healing vibes .
    ❤ ❤ ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awesome that you’re running again Margie!!! Yayyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is crazy times right now. Each new day seems to a bit worse than the day before. Hopefully, everything will settle soon…. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Margie says:

        You inspired me. ❤ ❤ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Pool running is good too, but may not be possible right now with everything closed.

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    1. Great suggestion though!! 🙂 ❤


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