So I spoke too soon on Friday. I said my runs were feeling a lot better…and then the weekend came. It felt like things were going SO well and then I set out for my long run on Saturday which ended up being a complete disaster. It honestly started out pretty great but once I got to the 13-14 mile mark, it all went downhill. I got this crazy cramp in my ribs that would just not go away. It wasn’t a side stitch…it was about 1000x more intense and painful. Even jogging at an 11-minute mile felt impossible. I had to stop and walk a million times…even self-timer selfied (is that a word?) to kill some time in hopes that the pain would go away.
Well, it went away but then my foot was giving me issues. This happened last week too. I have a feeling wearing flats to work isn’t doing me any favours. Shorter runs are okay but it’s once I hit that two hour mark that my feet are like, “OKAY, WE ARE DONE.” If I wear supportive shoes for a couple of days and then try running, I feel fine but if I go too long wearing flats or flip flops then I’m screwed for my next run. I might have to bust out the Birkenstocks and try and make those look cute. Highly unlikely but I can try. Anyway, I quit at 15 miles (instead of 16) and spent the rest of the day feeling sorry for myself.
Last week’s training:
Tuesday: 6.25 miles @ 8:32 min/mile
Wednesday: 5.4 miles @ 8:43 min/mile
Thursday: adidas Canada #HereToCreate workout
Friday: 8 miles @ 9:10 min/mile
Saturday: 15 miles @ 9:36 min/mile
Sunday: 3 miles + strength training*
TOTAL: 37.65 miles
*I was a bit hesitant to run the day after my long run because I didn’t want to make my foot any worse so I hit the treadmill to test things out. I didn’t want to head outside and find myself a few miles away from home and be in too much pain to run back. I did 1 mile + 4 strength training exercises and repeated that three times. I kept things super slow (6.2, 6.3, 6.4 on the treadmill) and felt okay for the most part. I also wore running shoes all weekend which helped big time.
I came a bit short of my 40 miles but that’s okay. After Week 7’s total of 30.88 miles, aiming for 40 wouldn’t have been too smart anyway. Hitting my mileage is important but making sure I stay injury/pain-free is a far greater goal.
And because Angela requested more Princeton on here…
If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!
Have a great Monday!