Monday, March 24, 2014

Half Training Week 5

I feel like this is "Ferris Beuller's Day Off"..... Week 5?.... Week 5?.... Week 5?

I started week 5 almost a month ago, and sustained what I thought was a serious injury and was forced to take a break.  I was about half way through the week, heading into my long run.  I was supposed to run 7 miles, and when I finished up with mile 5, I suddenly had excruciating pain in my left foot.  There are pains that you can work through.... and there are pains that you can't and this was one that I just had to limp home and stop.  It was incredibly frustrating!  A couple days later, I tried to work out again and it wasn't happening.  Thinking that I was dealing with more plantar fascists, I decided I needed to take a 2 week break to rest it.

After 2 weeks, we had a freak snow/ice storm and were without power for 5 days.  And also displaced from our home during those days.  (((sigh)))  I did manage to do a quick 2 mile run one of those days in my in-laws neighborhood, but there was still some slight pain, and I can't deny that after 2 1/2 weeks off, it was TOUGH!

Then the next week got away from me.  If I'm really honest, when you take a substantial break, it is just SO SO hard to get back at it.  Your routine is off, and you just dread that first day back.  It's a mental thing I know, but it's hard to get back on track.

But here I am!  I'm back in the saddle, and I'm getting closer and closer to that half marathon date and I have got to get my butt in gear!  I did visit a local shoe store this week and have them measure my feet and watch my stride in an effort to find the solution to my foot pain.  You see, I had a bit of an epiphany.  Last Summer when I was doing P90x and also doing quite a bit of running, I didn't have any foot troubles.  It wasn't until this past Fall that issues started to arise-- for the most part I blamed it on over training.  I was running more, and doing some serious plyo type exercises with Turbo Fire. BUT, back to the epiphany, I also bought some new shoes in August.  The shoes I bought were a much cheaper version of Nike's than my previous ones, and they were very different in style.  After visiting the shoe store, I walked away with my mind totally blown!  Not only was I wearing shoes that didn't offer enough support for some over pronation issues that I have, but they were even the wrong size!!!  I had no idea!  So here's the Saucony's I got-- I'm hoping these will mean an end to foot pain.  They're my very first pair of Saucony, but they seem to fit well, and they have the proper support that my foot shape/size and my stride needs.  Can't wait to try them out, break them in, and verify this theory about my foot pain.

So here's the breakdown of this past week (really a little over a week):

Friday March 21:  Turbo Fire, Fire 40 Class and Stretch 10
Saturday March 22:  2 mile run with the boys in the jogger stroller
Sunday March 23: Ran 3.25 miles
Monday March 24: P90x Plyometrics
Tuesday March 25: Rest
Wednesday March 26: Ran 4 3/4 miles, Turbo Fire Abs 10 and Stretch 10
Thursday March 27: Rest.... Mandatory rest.... Looks like my theory about the pain being solely from the shoes, might be a tad off.  I have a few things to try in hopes of coping and healing and I'm gonna see where it takes me.  Very, very discouraging though! 
Friday March 28: more rest....
Saturday March 29: more rest.... 
Sunday March 30: and more rest.... :(

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