four down, eight to go
This past week was a bit tough. On Sunday I decided to workout my legs and my goodness I was sore practically the entire week. I want to continue to strength train while I train for this half marathon but I may need to slow down on leg days, being sore doesn’t make running any easier. I’m still able to get through the runs but its a bit uncomfortable. So that was the least of my problems this week, I was experiencing an uncomfortable and sometimes sharp pain above my big toe of my right foot during my runs. It is a bit uncomfortable at first but gets progressively painful. The pain is along the tendon of the big toe and is sensitive to the touch but doesn’t really hurt unless I wear my sneakers. Kenne mentioned the possibility of it being a “hot spot”, she directed me to an article from Runner’s World on changing your shoe lace to help it heal. I tried doing this but I don’t think that’s the source of my problem especially since I think the “hot spot” is in reference to the start of a blister. Dave suggested it could be from a bunion so I got a bunion splint but I don’t know how much that’s helping either.
This was my lame attempt at lacing my shoes to help it, I later found out that where it actually hurts is further down my foot, not the top of the foot like I first thought. Short of taking a picture of my own feet (which I’m sure no one wants to see) I found this picture that pin points just about where the pain is coming from. Ugh! I don’t know what to do!!
Image Source: Yoga International
Week 4 is designed as the “build strength” week. I ran a total of 20.75 miles and my average pace was 9:03. My longest run this week was 5.46 miles. As you can I see I wasn’t able to complete the 8 miles that was supposed to be my long run; this was due to the pain on my foot. I wasn’t able to run on Saturday but instead tried my luck on Sunday to make up for it. I tried to run as much as I could but around the 5 mile mark I was practically limping, “this is ridiculous” I thought and figured I would be better of not making it worse. So now I have no idea what to do next, continue to train and hope it gets better? should I give it a few days and see what happens? get evaluated by my doctor? I’ll figure it out this week but so much for building strength…