January 14, 2007
83.5 miles, as:
M: am 6.19mi (8:29), pm 5mi (8:18)
T: 12.04mi (7:28) - 3 warmup, then 9@7:11 avg
W: 10.1mi (8:35)
R: 10.01mi (8:37)
F: 8mi (8:12)
Sa: 10.16 incl a 10K with a hole in it
Su: 22.01 (8:08), pushed miles 10 - 18
In the 10K I went out too fast, but it felt good so I kept going. At 2.5 miles the course turned into the sun and all my sins came back to me. I decided to drop at 3, then at 4. I shut off my watch and stepped onto the sidewalk, (inadvertently) right in front of a girl from my club. We chatted a bit, and somehow she talked me into finishing the race. I headed back out - the wrong way. Finally got turned around and realized I'd forgotten to turn the watch back on. So what, just run. Surprisingly I found the pace again, and was able to pass people in the last 2 miles (of course, they didn't have the luxury of a break in the middle of the race). With all the drama, I finished in 42:29, which was an AG win but not a masters win. I have no idea how long I stood on the sidewalk at mile 4, maybe a minute, maybe more. The girl from my club has my undying gratitude.
not-so-happy news: I've had plantar fasciitis in one foot for most of a year now. It comes and goes, and usually flares up with races and workouts. It's gotten a little worse the past few weeks, and was pretty sore after the race yesterday. This morning's long run (and 7-mile push) really toasted it, and I can only walk on my forefoot at the moment. Anyway, as regards the half-marathon next week: I'm not sure whether to race it, run it at marathon pace, or avoid it altogether and just run the 20 miles I have scheduled. We don't have hills here, but the half-M course hits two big bridges, twice. I know that course pretty well, and I'm not sure running hard downhill (or up, for that matter) is the best thing at the moment.
other: Although we study 5 or 6 different subjects at massage school, they're all taught by the same instructor in sort of a one-room-schoolhouse setup. There are no class periods; you come in at 8am and sit there until 2pm, with a 53-minute lunch break. So the 10 of us spend a lot of time in thrall of the instructor, hanging on her every word. And I can't hold back any longer: this instructor has one of the most condescending teaching styles I've ever experienced, and she treats us like we're in kindergarten. There, I've said it. Now maybe it won't bother me so much.
Posted by joe positive at January 14, 2007 3:37 PM
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I've had nagging heel pain since September or October (currently I don't feel it at all). It's been totally manageable, and hasn't prevented any training. What's worked for me: yogayogayoga a few hours a week changed my life in terms of my heel and I sleep in this (http://www.amazon.com/Thermoskin-Plantar-Fasciitis-Beige-Medium/dp/B000FHBN40/sr=8-5/qid=1168832082/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5/102-6344473-4388106?ie=UTF8&s=hpc) silly thing when I feel a flare coming on. Icing seems to make it worse, go figure.
Also, I don't want to be a pest as I know you're a busybusy lady, but would you be able to email me at the email address I've left with this comment? I have a question for you.
Good luck with the heel!
Posted by: Meghan at January 14, 2007 10:38 PM
... re PF: hear anything about massaging the sole while flexing your fingers back... makes sense, should relive pain... Don't have PF but have tried and feels quite soothing and nice. Get well and have fun...
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at January 15, 2007 12:30 PM
I kind of agree with Corrado that massage is worth a shot. Of course, you know much more about message than I do and perhaps you've already tried it (I don't remember). I found that massage right at the most painful spot was . . . painful. But then after a while things definitely felt better. I don't know if that's the old "breaking up adhesions" theory or what but it seemed to work for me. Also stretching, obviously. Best of luck. Otherwise, your running sounds great.
Posted by: Roslyn at January 15, 2007 8:12 PM
Train on dirt, and shift the foot plant to the
Posted by: urie at January 28, 2007 12:04 PM