Cross-training and Treadmill Running

So remember how last week I said I was going to simulate all my runs on the elliptical and see how things went with my foot?

I started out last Monday with all the best intentions — in fact, I tortured myself with 45 minutes on the elliptical that night. It was double-y depressing because we had some gorgeous weather here in DC, but instead of being outside, I was stuck in a basement on an elliptical.

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To reward myself for surviving 45 minutes on the machine from hell, I snuck over to the treadmill to test out my foot. Good news, I ran five pain-free minutes! I immediately hopped off the treadmill and was in a much better mood because that’s some good progress.

Wednesday’s workout rolled along, and I dragged myself to the gym, got on the elliptical and survived for exactly 8 minutes and 32 seconds before I wanted to blow my brains out. I just couldn’t make myself stay on that thing for the remainder of the workout.

So I snuck over to the treadmill again and ran for five minutes and then walked for a minute. Then I ran for another five minutes and walked for another minute. My foot felt totally fine. Zero pain!

So I repeated my run/walk sequence for another couple rounds, rounding things out with 25 minutes of run time. No pain, everything felt great. I practically skipped out of the gym.

I did my regularly schedule cross-training on Friday and was making big plans to do my first outside run on Saturday since my injury.

Since my foot seemed pretty healed, and I had stopped wearing the walking boot completely, I wanted to see how the rest of my body held up to some distance after a couple weeks off. I set out to do seven miles, with plenty of options to bail if things took a turn for the worst and with a plan to mix in some walking as necessary.

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Everything felt really awesome until maybe mile 4. Then I could feel my form getting wonky because my legs were tired. I stopped and walked for a bit to loosen things up, and when I started running again, I felt pretty good. I was able to finish the last three miles following my run one mile, walk one minute combo.

The next day my legs were definitely stiff and a little sore, but my foot didn’t hurt at all.

So here’s where things stand when it comes to the half marathon. We are officially 30 days from race day. I just ran more than half the race distance, and if I increase my long run by one mile each week between now and race day (which puts me back on track with my training plan), I will be able to start the race.

The only other major adjustment I’m making is to switch my Tuesday workouts from a run to cross-training. My training plan called for either and I had been doing a short recovery run, but I think it will be smarter to stick with cross-training.

So that’s where we are. I’m definitely more optimistic that I’ll be able to run the half, but we’ll see how things go the next couple of weeks.

Foot Update and Half Marathon Considerations

Well after two weeks in a walking boot, things seem to be getting moderately better on the foot front. Last week, I had orders from the doctor to try walking around my house without the boot on. I tried it out first on Wednesday and did not have a good experience. There was still more pain than I thought there should be, and of course, that made me really question whether or not I'd be able to do the half marathon in March. But then by Friday, things seemed to be a little bit better. I … [Continue reading]

An Update on the Foot Situation

Well friends depending on how you look at it, I either got good news or bad news about my foot last week. If we're looking at it as good news, my foot isn't broken. The X-ray was clean. There's no stress fracture and my doctor things I should still be able to train for and run the half marathon in March. If we're looking at it as bad news, I have a stress reaction injury in my second metatarsal -- basically right under the ball of my foot. This means it's extremely painful for me … [Continue reading]

RnR DC Half Marathon Training Week 3

Thanks to those of you who commented yesterday about what could be going on with my foot. It seems a bit better today, though I did spend a decent amount of time rolling my foot over a tennis ball in case it is the start of plantar fasciitis again. Week three was another pretty good week of training -- though I could have done without some of the brutally cold days. More days in the 50s please. I did make one switch to the training schedule last week to fit in my long run on a day … [Continue reading]

A Bruise on the Bottom of My Foot?

So yesterday afternoon when I was running errands, I noticed I had this weird pain on the bottom of my right foot. I don't know how to describe it other than it felt like I was walking on a bruise that had developed on the ball of my foot. It wasn't a sharp pain or anything like that, it was more just this annoying thing that happened every time I had to push off that foot to take a step. There's definitely no visible bruise on my foot, but last night it was a little tender if I pushed on … [Continue reading]

RnR DC Half Marathon Training Week 2

Well if week one of training was easy breezy because I was on vacation, week two of training was manageable because I suddenly realized what it was like to have free time again. Juggling just work and training and the occasional social event is so much easier than juggling work, training, social events plus class, homework and group projects. I honestly don't think I realized just how much time school used to suck up until this first week back at work. I basically feel like I can breath … [Continue reading]

RnR DC Half Marathon Training Week 1 Recap

Well week one of half marathon training is in the books, and I'm happy to say I nailed every workout on the calendar. Starting my training program the week I was on vacation between Christmas and the new year turned out to be a brilliant idea. My workouts were the only major responsibility I had each day so it wasn't very hard to make sure I made the time for them. Plus it let me build up some nice momentum to start this round of training. As I mentioned in an earlier post about this … [Continue reading]

Looking Back on 2016

As we get ready to ring in a new year at the stroke of midnight tomorrow, I feel the need to take a minute to look back on the previous year. I went into 2016 full of hope and optimism for what was in store this year. But by year's end, it seems like I might be one of the few people who didn't think 2016 was completely the worst. Yes, in many ways on the national level, 2016 seemed to have a lot more downs than it did ups. Some of those downs will probably have some longer lasting … [Continue reading]

Half Marathon Training Day One

My training for the Rock N Roll DC half marathon kicked off today. I went to bed last night really excited to wake up and run this morning. It's been so long since I've had the time and mental space to actually focus on training well for a race. I ran a couple of half marathons during grad school, but the training always ended up being pretty pathetic. I would start with the best of intentions, but then schoolwork would become overwhelming, and I'd struggle to get even the most minimal … [Continue reading]

Relaxing in the Dominican Republic

When I had about two weeks left in this last semester of grad school, I decided I deserved a nice, relaxing vacation to reward myself for the last 2.5 years of blood, sweat and tears that it took to get my MBA (with a 4.0 GPA, I might add). So, I found a silly cheap deal on CheapCaribbean and booked immediately. And then last Sunday, I hopped on a couple airplanes and parked myself on the beach until last night. It was glorious and perfect timing since DC got hit with a polar vortex … [Continue reading]