Half Marathon Training - Week 11
Monday, March 25, 2013
This past week I took a break from running to heal my sore leg and foot. It was hard not to run but I knew it was for the best. After doing 4 miles on Monday and then not being able to walk the track in the evening because I was so sore... I knew I had to give my body rest. So the week then changed to stretching, icing, and heating as I worked out the injury. I also went shoe shopping and picked up some new running shoes because I believe that added to my problem.
Instead of running I did weights and got on the bike. It was nice to get back to a little biking which is a nice cross trainer for running. All in all, by the end of week my foot and leg was feeling much better.
I was nervous on Sunday because I wasn't sure how the run was going to go but I knew that I didn't want to miss a long run so I headed out. New running shoes and all!
It felt awesome to be back to running! So awesome that I had to watch my pace.... my feet just were too excited that they didn't want to slow down. I ran with my sister and she played some music for us to keep us going strong. We set out not knowing how many miles we were going to do and exactly what trails we would take. In my head I had an idea but we just played everything by ear. I was hoping to get close to 10 miles since that was my training plan run for the weekend but I was just fine with what ever we ended with.... just so happy to be running!
The route we took had plenty of hills. I don't mind hills though because they make the run interesting. My foot though started to get a little sore around mile 7. We actually took a small break around this time after doing some rolling hills to stretch our calf muscles and my foot.
Since I was getting a little pain we decided to play it safe and start to head back. We ended the run with 8.5 miles for 90 minutes of running. I was a happy girl!
Once I got home I started stretching right away and foam rolling. (I am not the best at stretching after a run.... something I NEED to change.) The stretching felt so good!
And.... it helped because today I am not in pain. I made sure to ice and heat last night as well so I thought that helped. So happy to be back to training. I just have to keep up the stretching, icing, and heating to keep my muscles happy!
Side note... the new running shoes felt awesome but they did give me a blister on my toe. Guess that is what I get for running a long run in brand new shoes. Whoops!