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A very successful first long run

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

this is my first long run/walk of any kind since my injury and the first few attempts at running have been very dissappointing. I had purhased what I thought were top of the line shoes (will not reveal brand) and little did I know that they would contribute so much to my running disaster and aggravate my injury. In short, a 4.5 mile run last week inflamed my IT band like never before, even after the marathon and my ankle felt like it was on the verge of snapping with the sharp pains I was having.

Needless to say, it has been a tough battle fighting Plantar Faciitis and the weakness in my ankle as a result of always favoring that foot. A 2 mile walk with my wife last night further compounded the fear that I was in big trouble. at mile 2, my feet were getting weaker and pain started to set in.

I made a commitment that I was going to go for a run this morning but as an experiment, I was going to switch to my old shoes but with the new inserts inside them and NOT use the newer shoes.

Long story short, after liberally applying walk breaks and making the run at a nice easy pace, i finished 13.6 miles in 3:55. My typical HM time is around 3:17 but i stopped to stretch multiple times and as I said, walked alot.

the big victory here is three-fold....

First- I proved conclusively that shoes and shoe design are CRITICAL for performance and injury prevention. I am sold on that. I will do even better when I get my custom orthotic running shoes.

Second - This is the first double digit distance ever without any type of sports drink or gel. I have been studying the training methods of endurance athletes and they largely train their bodies to use fat for fuel as opposed to carbs, then carbs are more effective race day. almost 14 miles no fuel, only water (and no music). Heck, that was almost awesome! The time will come as I train and get my foot back up to speed and strength. To pull of that mileage without overly straining anything and no fuel is progress in my book.

Third - I needed a win like this. Mentally I was in no-mans land. I had no idea what was going on with my foot and what my limits were. With this summer being a hard core training time to get to goal weight by winter, set backs are crushing. Mentally, I am totally in the game and am happy with how things turned out. My upcoming half marathon in Green Bay is strictly one to finish, no PR's or anything like that, I just want to finish safe and strong with a big smile for the photographer....

Marquette Half Marathon in September is the one where i am going to go for sub- 3 hr time.

I feel good about this..
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JOANNHUNT 1/24/2013 9:55AM

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SUPERGRAN55 3/29/2012 7:03PM

    Wow! Talk about determination. We lesser souls would have given up. What an inspiration! Thanks! emoticon

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LADYAFTERGOD 3/26/2012 7:14PM

    Shoes. I need to check mine. Thanks for the tip. emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/26/2012 11:22AM

    I'll have to check into the 'fat for fuel' and saving carbs for races.
Thanks for sharing.

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 3/26/2012 6:11AM

    Glad you found your key to helping the pain. PF and ITB injuries really hurt. You go!

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LRK4CHRIST 3/25/2012 4:40PM

    Thx for sharing!

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DEE797 3/24/2012 8:35PM

    Glad you have your footwear figured out. Sounds like you are progressing nicely. Wishing you all the best on your runs and races now and in the future... emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 3/24/2012 9:55AM

    That's great! I think that's nice that you didn't include the brand name because it might've just not been the right fit for you. :)

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BBROBOZIO 3/23/2012 11:15PM

  yay!!

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PANIK257 3/23/2012 8:40PM

    Good job! It`s good to see someone celebrating their success. :)

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SPECIALGURL7 3/23/2012 2:45PM

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EUNIQ3 3/23/2012 2:22PM

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EXERTIGER 3/23/2012 1:06PM

    Congrats on your long run. I'm a big fan of regularly scheduled walk breaks.

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KOALALOVER1978 3/23/2012 12:04PM

    13+ miles.. I can't even fathom that but I know someday I will be doing it as well. Congrats!!

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KAREN_NY 3/23/2012 10:27AM

    emoticon Awesome good news!
My dad was a marathoner when I was growing up, and last summer he teased me (goodnaturedly - he's very supportive) about using a gel for my HM and the long runs leading up to it.
"Back in my day, we ate a handful of raisins and then just ran." :) But the bottom line: Whatever makes you run.

Cheers!
K:)

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HHB4181 3/23/2012 9:50AM

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RJSAMS 3/23/2012 9:42AM

    Proper shoe fit is vital, as you have discovered. My running coach also says that shoes are like weights: you wouldn't continue lifting the same weight all the time, you progress through different weights. Shoes are the same--your shoe needs will change as you get stronger and fitter.

Good for you on getting your win! It's so important to recognize progress--hooray!

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JCBRITT 3/23/2012 9:27AM

    I suffered from Plantar Faciitis and one of the best things I used for it was freezing a plastic water bottle and keeping it under my desk at work and rolling my arch on it. I think that really helped with the pain and possibly shortened my recovery...shoes make ALL the difference...I used to wear Asics..and they are good but not for my condition. I now where NB 2012 and my orthotics fit them and I can feel the support they provide.

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CAROLZ1967 3/23/2012 7:13AM

    Congrats! Getting back on track is such an amazing feeling! And shoes are so important. It's not always a whole brand that is not a good fit, they type of shoe is very important (regardless of brand). I know I over-pronate so I need a shoe for that. Best of luck in your upcoming races! :-)

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SANDIBETTS1 3/23/2012 6:24AM

  Thank you for sharing important info for me--I am considering longer runs and what I got from you was very helpful.

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HARLEYMAN1888 3/23/2012 3:54AM

  much rspect to you, oi am jus starting out on my journey, and your blog is very insparational


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CARDAMOMMA 3/23/2012 12:50AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm experiencing my first bout with foot pain as a new runner. I'm up to 5K a few times a week, and want to do a 10K at the end of the summer. Maybe I'll look for new shoes? So glad this did the trick for you!

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SHIRE33 3/22/2012 11:53PM

    Good for you! I have PF, and I use inserts as well. I wear Asics, which fit my narrower feet well (and flat, too, go figure). The right combo makes WORLDS of difference! Glad you are figuring it out.

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ANNIEWOELFL 3/22/2012 11:34PM

  Wow! Great Post! I simply love reading stories like this. You really overcame and I admire how you stuck to it and found out things on your own. You never gave up! This post of yours helped me a lot. I am working on strengthening and making my joints work again. You stick to it guy!!! emoticon

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SASHA521 3/22/2012 10:17PM

    Awesome job and your sticking with it deserves to be commended. I have recently been dealing with heal pain and it can really bring you down when it interferes with working out and your goals. The podiatrist gave me inserts and I bought new sneakers and seemed to help for a little while and now the last few days have been painful. Anyway...enough about my story, I really just wanted to say Great Job! And from your story, I hope to push on and reach my goal of running a 5k. emoticon emoticon

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PIPSANDMSMAMA79 3/22/2012 10:12PM

    Way to go :) You are an inspiration. It is very interesting how much proper shoes make a difference. I notice my feet hurt in certain shoes too when I run. I have some Sketchers Toners that I like a lot :) So happy to read a inspirational blog like yours tonight!

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LMICHELLEB15 3/22/2012 9:54PM

    Your perseverance is inspiring - glad you kept it up for the win!

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THEEASYKILL30 3/22/2012 9:02PM

    I'm so happy to read your blog post. I can only imagine the pain you were in. I'm so happy to hear that the old shoes/new inserts help. Here's to staying pain-free!

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GRANDMABABA 3/22/2012 8:16PM

    emoticon Congrats on your progress. You're doing great!

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MIGURLINNC 3/22/2012 7:45PM

    emoticon I, too, recently changed shoes and ended up with a knee injury as a result! With my 1st HM in 3 weeks, I am freaking out! I switched back to my old shoes and the knee pain is s.l.o.w.l.y subsiding. Who knew that switching shoes could cause so many problems?! Glad to hear you had a great run. Keep it up!

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FITWITHIN 3/22/2012 7:40PM

    emoticon on finishing your run. I'm so sorry to hear about the setback with with feet. I have the same foot problem. I'm hoping that it will not flare up during my first 5k next month. I plan to finish strong just like you did. Awesome job with all you had to deal with on race day. Victory was yours! emoticon

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TRILLIUM22 3/22/2012 3:29PM

    I'm so glad this run was a win.

Why did you switch shoes? I know sometimes listening to runners talk there are shows out there that i covet. I did buy a pair of Newtons last year, but I only have 35 miles on them. Obviously I'm not totally convinced.

In terms of not fueling. That's a tough one. The slower you go the easier it will be for your body to get all it's nutritional needs from your fat supplies---except of course you brain---which needs sugar. I think there is also an issue of how long your race will be.



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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/22/2012 1:44PM

    great job Robert!!!

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ANGTRIAGAIN 3/22/2012 11:48AM

    Keep up the great work

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GODDREAMDIVA1 3/22/2012 11:09AM

    Stay Positive...

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MARGARITTM 3/22/2012 10:15AM

    Nice!!!

Had quite a bout with plantar F last year so I can appreciate your happiness.

HEEEEEEEE'SSSSSS BAAAAACK!

Congrats!

I DO contribute my injury to trying to use a more minimalist shoe and hey - not every thing is for every one! I am back to a more traditional running shoe and am slowly getting my times and distances back! emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 3/22/2012 9:54AM

    Awesome!

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BUFFALOKAY 3/22/2012 9:47AM

    Knowing your body and what works - especially when it comes to important sports equipment - like shoes for a runner is really what it's all about. Congratulations on your discoveries and your victories!

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STARLIGHT615 3/22/2012 9:47AM

    AWESOME!!!

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JESSASAURUSFLEX 3/22/2012 9:10AM

    This is encouraging, keep up the work!!!

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GUDDIGO 3/22/2012 8:57AM

  Congratulations...

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K-GETTING-FIT 3/22/2012 8:50AM

    Congratulations!!!

Didn't know Marquette had a half-marathon. That would be beautiful in September.



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ROSIE777 3/22/2012 8:32AM

    I knew you could do it my sweet friend you are amazing.

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COACH_CUJO 3/22/2012 8:29AM

    Glad you're getting back on track!

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