Monday, December 12, 2011

The Injured Runner Blues

Remember this beautiful training journal I dorkily (yea, I know it's not a word) made myself?

 I want to throw it out the window. Why? Because plantar fasciitis has royally screwed up my plans. After training for just two weeks, I had to take an entire week off because of the dang plantar faciitis. If that wasn't bad enough, two weeks later I still haven't gotten back on track.

Today marks the start of my 6th week of training. By today I should have ran 113 miles. Instead I've ran 71.28. As of today I should have logged 4 long runs ranging from 8 to 11 miles. Instead I've only done 2 long runs ranging from 8 to 9 miles.

I've been doing really well not completely freaking about this, but I'm beginning to freak out. The plantar fasciitis isn't getting better. I'm not logging the miles I need to log. The marathon is getting closer every single day. I'm losing motivation, patience, and mental stability by the minute.

But I can't freak out. Freaking out doesn't accomplish anything. Flexibility is key. Listening to my body is key (which I proudly although miserably did yesterday when I cut a 10 mile run short at 1 painful mile). I must adapt. Time for a new plan!

First off, I will celebrate my successes from the past 5 weeks:
Ready to Jingle Jog
  • I've ran 71.28 miles in 5 weeks. These are far from the lowest mileage weeks of my running life. In fact, in the 12 weeks leading up to my very first half marathon I only ran 112 miles total (no wonder I nearly died, but that's besides the point).
  • Despite running a lot less than planned and holiday drinking and eating, I have not gained weight in the last 5 weeks. I've actually lost 2lbs. I'm not expecting to lose weight while marathon training but not gaining while injured is a good thing.
  • I've gone to yoga three times after a three month hiatus.
  • With the help of my fabulous neighbor, a personal trainer, I've established a strength training routine that is both simple and challenging.
  • I ran my first ever 7K race (random distance, no?). I rocked my sparkle skirt and sparkly Active Band for the first time! This will be the sparkle I'll be rocking for the marathon on St. Patty's Day. And I ran a super hilly course in a respectable time, with an average pace of 9:48 minutes per mile, a pace faster than the 5K personal record I earned in September.
Next up: Treating Plantar Fasciitis (Or Attempting to Treat...) and Adapting My Training Plan


  1. Sometimes putting the positives out there help you to really believe in them. Keep smiling...we'll either gimp through or pick a new race. It's all good!!!! :-)


  2. My Plantar Fasciitis started 1 week and 1/2 before my first 1/2 marathon in Sept. What helped me was icing it a lot, having my hubby massage it and rolling it out with a golf ball. This will hurt a ton at first, but it really does help. You can also freeze a water bottle and roll this under your foot. With this daily routine I was able to run my 1/2 marathon pain free.


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