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Running with a Plan in Mind

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I’ll just start by saying running with a plan in mind makes all the difference. My motivation to wake up in the morning is back, my foot is feeling pretty good and I’m back to running with miles penciled in on my training plan before I run each week.

Yes, sometimes it’s the little things that make me happy!

My plan might be a simple one (hit 59 miles in the month of December and wrap up my year with at least 2,014 total kilometers) but it is proving to be very helpful in making sure I’m getting my workouts in every day.

I’ve been running on the treadmill a lot lately. It’s much easier to run in the dark when it’s warm out but now that it’s cold I don’t want to hit an unexpected patch of ice. I love running outside but it’s just not worth the risk of getting an injury. So, the treadmill has been my friend lately. It’s great because I’m catching up on my t.v. shows and I’m getting more strength training accomplished.

Last week I started the Quick Strength for Runners program by Jeff Horowitz. I’m planning on writing more about my experience with it the further I get into the program but I do have a few initial thoughts. It starts out very easy but you can adapt it to your ability. It claims that you can do the program in just an hour a week but last week I finished it in just 20 minutes. So, to make it longer I simply repeated the reps. I also like the directions for each move in the book. I’ve done a lot of pieced together workouts over the years so it’s nice to do something that is specifically designed with a runner in mind.

 


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Weekly Workouts

 

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Monday: 3 miles (9:35 pace) + 12 minutes of strength.

A treadmill run to start my week with a little strength training thrown into the mix. This week I’m starting over with week 1 of Strength for Runners.

 

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Tuesday: 40 minutes Spin + 11 minutes strength

Climb intervals today on the spin bike with the second workout from week 1 of Strength for Runners. The strength seems easy (and short) but I’m sticking with it at this point.

Wednesday: 3 miles (9:21 pace)

I’m loving the faster pace on the treadmill. It’s much easier for me to run faster on a treadmill for some reason. I guess the quicker you run the quicker you’re done, right?

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 3 miles (9:26 pace) + 22 minutes strength

Another treadmill run today. The dark mornings are pushing me toward the treadmill vs. running outside right now and it’s a good change for me. I’m not dreading the treadmill yet!

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 6.01 miles (9:53 pace)

An outside run! It feels so nice to be out in the fresh air after running on the treadmill all week. My plan is to try and run once on the weekends outside because most of my other runs are early in the morning and inside on the treadmill.

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 15.01

December Running Miles: 15.01

2014 Running Miles: 1,207.24

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,942.86

 

 

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Dealing with a Running Injury

Just writing this post make it real for me but here I am writing about something I’ve never had to worry about before.

I’m officially injured with plantar fasciitis. (PF)

PF is something that I’ve always heard about from other runners and to be honest it always sounded awful. I’ve breezed through life with only minor injuries (chafing, back pain in high school cross country, and my knees hurt a few years ago when I tried a walk/run method with friends) but nothing significant.

During the marathon two weeks ago I had a callous on the inside of my right foot below my big toe, you can see the remains of it in the lovely runners feet photos below. It ended up bothering me while I was racing. I deliberately didn’t do anything about it ahead of time because I didn’t want it to become infected before the marathon. And it didn’t bother me anyway, at least before the marathon it didn’t bother me.

I could tell while I was running that I was adjusting my stride and foot strike so that the callous would hurt less. After 26.2+ miles of doing this it just became too much for my poor little foot. My heel and the outside of my foot stretching to my toes throbbed after the run and really my whole right side felt off. I was limping but it slowly started to feel better after several days.

I tried my first run after the marathon with 4 days of rest. I only got about 3/4 of a mile before my heel started hurting. At this point I didn’t even consider PF but just decided I must have bruised my heel and that I would try running every other day. This seemed to work because my next run was pain free (yay!) but then my next one after that was painful again. After that run I knew that something was seriously wrong and started to suspect PF.

I posted about being injured on Instagram, which automatically forwards to Twitter, which is where a physical therapist found me. Lissa is from South Africa and took a lot of time with me to answer my questions, look at pictures of my feet and give me treatment options. All for free. I’m still amazed by how much she helped me.

 

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She recommended rest, daily stretches, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle and then rolling it on a tennis ball several times a day. The ice bottle feels amazing. She also recommended wrapping my foot and possibly buying an insert for my shoe and a splint to wear at night. It’s all very time consuming but I want this to heal quickly so I can get back out there to run like I want.

I also stopped by a local running store to look for inserts for my shoe and ended up talking with an employee that is also a runner, of course. She had some great advice and actually recommended that I stay a little active. Go on a 10 minute walk or run a little bit at a time. She also recommended that I start with the Feetures Plantar Fasciitus Sleeve. She has had PF before and it was good to hear advice from someone that has dealt with it.

 

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I bought the sleeve and it has already helped so much. My foot feels stronger with the sleeve on and, fingers crossed, I’m hoping that the sleeve, along with rest and stretching, will help me get back to running soon.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m still deciding if I need to see a doctor about my foot or if doing the stretches and therapy that Lissa recommended will be enough for me.


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Weekly Workouts

Monday: Rest

Tuesday:  3.01 miles (9:49 pace)

Pain free until about mile 2 today. I really thought I was all better but then knew something was really wrong when the pain started up again.

Wednesday:  Cycling: 6 miles with Little A & Little E in the trailer (~ 60 lbs)

Thursday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 10 Minutes Core Work

Friday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 20 minutes Strength

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 3.01 (9:49 pace)

October Running Miles: 67.26

2014 Running Miles: 1,164.04

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,873

 

 

Have you struggled with PF? How did you heal it?

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Chicago Marathon Training: Race Week!

On Sunday I finished my second marathon!

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The Chicago Marathon was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Every mile WAS magnificent!I have so much to write about, including the marathon itself, the Expo and running for the Ronald McDonald House so I will have several posts coming up. Today I’m just checking in with my race week training log and I’ll continue with more marathon news later this week.

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18 weeks and 607+ miles, that’s quite a journey. I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of my friends and family. My husband deserves a medal of his own for taking over on all the Saturday mornings while I was out running for 2-3.5 hours each week.

I had so many people cheering for me from near and far during the race and that support helped me to cross the finish line. I want to send out a huge thank you to everyone for all of the love on this blog, through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in real life.


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Weekly Workouts

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Monday: 4.01 miles (9:44 pace) 4 miles in the dark to kick off race week. I’m feeling strong and ready for the race in less than a week.

Tuesday:  3.02 miles (9:25 pace)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3.25 miles (9:40 pace) 3 hotel treadmill miles on our overnight stop in St. Louis on the way to CHICAGO! The hotel had an extremely tiny fitness room so I’m glad I happened to be the only one using it. I ran 3 miles plus some strides at the end.

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Friday: Rest

Saturday:  Rest

Sunday: The Chicago Marathon! 26.54 miles (9:54 pace) [from my Garmin]

I’ll share my official time soon. My tangents were horrible so I ran long and my official pace wasn’t under 10 minutes but technically I ran 26.54 miles UNDER a 10 minute pace. That’s something that I never dreamed was possible a few years ago!

 

Who else raced this weekend? How did it go?

  Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 36.82

October Running Miles: 59.23

2014 Running Miles: 1,156.57 2014

Running Kilometers: 1,861.32

 

 

 

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