Last Week’s Workouts

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I debated about sharing last week’s workouts.  My whole training is up in the air.  Actually it doesn’t even feel like I’m training for anything.  Cycling just isn’t the same as running.  And cycling is what I’ve been doing for the past 4 days.

Nonetheless, it’s what I’ve got right now.


45 bike trainer intervals (1 min hard, 2 min easy)

30 minutes strength training (see below minus the running portion)

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10 mile run with Lori

After laying off from running for 3 days, I can’t say this was my smartest move.  I should have went with a shorter distance to test the waters. But my plan called for 10 miles, so that’s what I did.  If it had been one of my coaching clients, I would have told them to do less.  Do as I say, not as I do?

My foot felt good for the majority of the run but was stiff the last few miles.  I was really tired too which is to be expected from not running.  I spent the rest of the day stretching my calf and icing my foot.  It actually felt completely normal by the time I went to bed.

Morning Flow yoga class at Bending Bodhi – always a welcomed time to stretch out from head to toe.

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If I thought Tuesday’s run was not a smart move, this run was an all out idiotic move.  I knew within the first mile that my foot wasn’t good.  It felt like it was in my Achilles.  I was running with Lori and Mike and had visions of saying I’m done and turning around to run home.  But when my watch beeped 1 mile, I didn’t say anything and kept running forward.  And I didn’t say anything the whole entire run.

I’ve been kicking myself ever since then.

I ended up running 6.5 miles and actually walked the last 1/4 mile home. I paid for it because my foot/ankle was not happy.  I stretched throughout the day at work and by the afternoon it felt ok until I walked down the stairs to go home.  Ouch.

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60 minutes bike trainer

My original appointment with my PT for new orthotics got moved from Tuesday because she didn’t have all the parts I needed.  Thankfully she had a cancellation so I got in on Thursday.  When I made the appointment, I wasn’t having any foot/ankle pain.  I obviously jinxed myself.  I knew I wasn’t going to get any treatment for my ankle from Jen but at least she could offer some feedback.

Long story short, I did and I didn’t.  She agreed that I needed to take a week of from running to see if my foot pain cleared up.  My calves were a knotty mess.  She questioned my newest pair of shoes (I did too, but that’s a whole other story that I’ll have to fill you in on another time).  She wanted me to make another appointment for a full evaluation.  However, her scheduled was so booked up (and so were the other PT’s in the office) that the earliest I could get in was early April.

I can not wait that long. I need to nip this in the bud asap.

As much as I like Jen, I made an appointment with a new PT office that comes with great reviews for this week.  I’m sad but I’m hopeful.


40 minutes strength training and mobility


My long run was supposed to be 16 miles so I hit the bike for the equivalent time. I set a new record for the longest time I’ve been on my bike trainer – 2 hours 20 minutes.  That’s a long freakin’ time.  I would have absolutely LOVED to have rode outside but with the temp in the single digits and the wind chill making the real feel -12, I was ok with the basement.

After sharing the story of the dog who tagged along with an adventure racing team, I had the urge to watch the Eco-Challenge.  I haven’t watched one of those in years.  It’s crazy what these athletes do but it’s very motivating when slogging away on the bike.

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Another 60 minute ride on the bike trainer.

My foot is feeling pretty good but I’m sticking with the one week off just to be cautious. My emotions have been all over the place.  One day I’m beating myself up for all the things that I should have done differently – get a coach, run less miles, wear different shoes, do more strength training, foam roll more.  I have questioned why I’m even training for a marathon.  Why do I need to do this?  Clearly marathons and I don’t get along given my injury history.

My marathon goal is up in the air. It’s 10 weeks until Sugarloaf.  There’s still time if I nip this foot thing in the bud.  If I have to take more time off, then the odds of reaching my goal declines.  I’m not a really patient person. I hate being in limbo!

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?



21 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. Ugh I am so sorry that you are having this issue. Hopefully it will clear up quickly and you can get back to training. I feel like for me if its not one thing its something else. But you had a good, strong year of running without injury, so you can get back to that as long as this gets healed up! I always try to think about what I have done differently or if there was any reason I could have altered my gait. I hope the PT helps you figured this out and get it resolved quickly!

  2. Ugh, I’m so sorry you are on this roller coaster again! I wish we could at least ride the trainer together 🙂 My best advice is to take it one day at a time, be smart (like um smarter than last week 🙂 and see what the PT has to say. Whatever happens, you got this mama!!!
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  3. Sorry about what you are going through. And thank you for your honesty. I am glad you decided to post in the end. Just keep listening to your body and listen to the voice you use with your clients.

  4. I feel you– I didn’t do a whole lotta running for my last marathon, dealing with foot pain. I did do a lot of pool running and cycling. The pool running was great because it kept me in running form. Do you have access to a deep water pool? I highly recommend it.

    I hope this clears up for you. Is this the same foot you had trouble with in Boston?
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    1. I’m not a member of a gym with a pool right now but I’m planning on joining one tomorrow. That is if Snowpocolypse doesn’t shut everything done. And as luck would have it, it’s my other foot that is bothering me this time around. Funny because I had niggles in my left foot (Boston foot) before the right foot started acting funny. What a pain!

    1. Looking at my two runs last week, I’m quite embarrassed to see it down in writing. I mean, seriously, what was I thinking?!?!

  5. Do you know how many times I have made this mistake Angela? Running a super long run despite lingering physical pain issues? Like most runners I tend to think I can outrun pain, which is of course not true and a lot of times I made the issue even worse… It’s so hard to take it easy when you have a runner’s mentality…I totally understand the questions you are asking yourself. As runners we tend to put a lot of pressure onto ourselves. I was supposed to run the Treasure Coast Marathon last weekend, and I needed to cancel it 2 weeks ago. The inflammation in my feet is still severe. I knew I was heading towards a fracture if I ran this marathon, which would put my entire every-day running in jeopardy, not only the marathon itself. The thought of not being able to run on weekly basis terrified me, so I deferred it to next year. Hope your foot feels better after this week’s rest. You’re a Rockstar Runner, with our without this marathon! Have a great (running) week!

  6. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with this! Foot stuff is so frustrating because it just effing lingers. The emotions are probably the worst part also so hang in there! Hopefully it heals up quickly and seeing the PT is benefical! And if anything, 2 hours and 20 minutes on the bike builds mental strength and fatigue resistance, right?

  7. I can relate to so much of this. I cycle when injured. ALOT. I think I logged over 350 miles during my last injury. I do enjoy it as I can typically do my long rides outside with our mild winters, but you are correct — it does NOT give me the same satisfaction as running. My thoughts lately have been that my body does not like the marathon distance either, but my mind sure does. I hope you can nip your foot thing in the bud! Thanks for linking with us on the Weekly Wrap!

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