the higher the climb, the harder the fall
With seven weeks to go it’s not looking good. Last week I mentioned how I wasn’t able to complete my long run due to a pain in my foot. I went to my doctor and after getting an x-ray which came out normal I was told to not run, get properly fitting shoes and drink Advil 3 times a day. I did just as I was told, I even iced it to the suggestion of a few people but every time I attempted to put on my shoes, it would hurt. After getting new awesome shoes to ensure the right fit and after abstaining from running the entire week I wanted to give it another chance; on Sunday I ran one measly mile and I couldn’t, I just couldn’t… it was uncomfortable, it was painful, it was pathetic. This week has been rough in so many ways; I’m sad, I’m angry, and I’m disappointed because I may have to abandon this whole thing. I’m trying to be optimistic but there hasn’t been much improvement and with only seven weeks left I don’t know how much longer I can delay my training.
getting the right fit
One of the things my doctor mentioned was to consider getting good running shoes to give me proper support. Up to this point I’ve been running with my Nike Frees and I’ve been wanting to get good running shoes but I’ve been to lazy to do it. I decided to go ahead and invest in good running shoes. I wanted to go somewhere that would be able to advice me and fit me with the proper shoes. I came across Marathon Sports which was literally about 15 mins away from my house and from their website they would help me get the “right fit”. Let me tell you that I was more than happy with my decision to go there. The girl who helped me (I wish I knew her name) was amazing and extremely helpful. She had me walk up and down the store to get a feel for my foot strike (it’s neutral). She then measured my size which measured at size 6 and then handed me a size 7 shoe. She handed me three different types of shoes and had me run on their treadmill. I ultimately went with the Saucony Ride 6 Edition in neon yellow and pink… I love them! They are light, comfortable and awesome and I have no idea if I’ll be able to use them.
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…
three down, nine to go
We are in the single digits! So far training hasn’t been so bad but with 75% of my training still left let’s not get too excited shall we. Last week I mentioned how I wanted to run outside well I did just that. I did my long run (6 miles) for the week outside along the Charles River in Boston, it was the perfect day for it. Although there was still a bit of snow and even some black ice the weather was amazing. I can’t wait for it to start getting nice out and as long as we don’t get any more snow storms I should be able to do my Saturday runs outside from now on. During the week it’s a little bit tough because of school and work but daylight savings time is in 2 weeks so we will start to have longer daylight yaaaay.
build a base
Week 3 is designed as the “build a base” week. I ran a total of 17.48 miles and my average pace was 9:25. My longest run this week was 6 miles… I see an 8 miler coming up this week *gulp*. Kenne got me a running hat from lululemon; it has a small slit in the back for your pony tail… I absolutely love it! As you can see Kenne was also my little paparazzi during our run :) . I feel like this was her sneaky way of immersing me into this sport and getting me to run outside. Well, I guess you can say it worked but! if I have to run outside so does she mwhahahah! My devious persona aside, it was definitely nice having a running partner; I wonder how many more times I can have her come with me before she brushes me off… these long runs are only gonna get longer waaaah!
two down, ten to go
Second week check in post and I’m feeling good. I’ve been keeping up with the training plan like a boss. Not liking the increasing amount of miles I have to run but I guess I knew it would be coming. All the runs so far have been in the treadmill because well, it’s cold. That’s kinda lame especially since I purchased running apparel specifically designed for the cold. However, it has been snowing lately so the streets are still a bit icy. This past week was a little bit stressful with work, school, and studying for the PMP exam. There was so much stuff going on that I decided to reschedule the exam for end of March (it was supposed to be this Saturday). Now that I have one less thing on my plate I can focus on some of the more immediate things I need to do.
Week 2 is designed as the “fundamentals” week. I ran a total of 16.31 miles and my average pace was 8:32. My longest run this week was 5 miles and each time I tried to do the 5k portion without stopping, then walk for a bit before picking it up again. I noticed that I generally enjoyed the first 3 miles, after that, not so much. I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up the same pace when the miles start to creep up. I’m trying to squeeze in some outside runs this upcoming week. I have Thursday and Friday off from work so I really have no excuse.
It’s the start of a brand new week… I ain’t scared.
one down, eleven to go
In my initial post I mentioned that I will be following Nike’s training plan. So here is the first week’s plan and results. All of the runs so far have been indoors and since I want the Nike+ Running app to track my runs I have to hold the phone in my hands in order for it to track and record my speed/distance. This is super annoying and I can’t believe Nike hasn’t made it compatible with their shoe sensor. I’ve looked into it and you can only use the shoe sensor with the Nike+ iPod app… if someone knows something I don’t please let me know! In the meantime, come on Nike, get with the program!
Week 1 is designed as the “warm up” week and the fact that I didn’t have to run more than 4 miles was nice. I actually surprised myself in being able to keep a steady pace throughout the length of the runs with minimal walking. In fact, on the first day I completed the 3 miles without stopping, not even once… holy. cow. boy was that tough. For all you running snobs don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m no runner. In fact, the day that I completed 4 miles the Nike+ Running app congratulated me for the longest run yet and although the app only has a history of runs going back to a of couple weeks Kenne reminded me that it was, in fact pretty accurate. Running is not exactly my choice of exercise so now that I think about it, she was totally right, that was my longest run. I just need to take it one day at a time; a half marathon sounds daunting but all I can do is stick to the plan… so far so good.
Since this is a fitness post I figured I’ll squeeze this in. On Saturday I went to a crossfit class at Reebok Crossfit Back Bay which was sponsored by City Sports and therefore, completely free :). And since I like free stuff and I’ve been meaning to try it, I jumped on it like white on rice. Just like a lot of other aspects of my life, I’m probably behind the curve here but this was my first time (I know crossfit has been all the rave recently). Although the class is 1 hour long the intense workout portion is probably 15-20 minutes. Since the class was free it was probably intended to provide a lot more instruction and overview of what cross fit is about so it may have been structured differently (not sure but I can only speak to my experience). I got to the class a few minutes late but I tried to integrate myself as quickly as I could. I was completely flustered, lost and confused but I was able to hide it or at least I think I did. After some warm up exercises, the next 20 minutes or so were filled with instructions of the different exercises on proper form followed by the workout of the day (i.e. WOD) and ended with a little overview of why they love crossfit and why I should too. It wasn’t bad but I would still like straight up body building :).
It was a good day overall, after crossfit I went to the gym with Dave and smashed my 4 mile run to finish up the first week of this half marathon training, 11 weeks to go.
there’s something chasing me!
wait, there isn’t? then why am I running? Today marks the first day of my 12 week training for Nike’s Women Half Marathon. I have a few things going on right now; I just started a new project at work, school started about two weeks ago, I’m in the midst of studying for the PMP exam, and now I have to start training to for this half marathon. Nothing I haven’t done before so put on your big girl panties and get to it. I’ll try to make a weekly post on my progress while I train for my very first half marathon, here we go! You got this…