My second marathon (also my second LA Marathon :P) is precisely 15 days and 16 hours away. I have not ran in pretty much exactly that same amount of time.
My last run was 7.77 miles at an average 8:38 pace on February 11. (See splits at right.)
It was more like a warm up, up, up then cool back down. I stopped for water during mile 4 and practiced walking through an "aid station" by walking up to the water fountain and then back onto my path without stopping my Garmin.
If this would have been today, I would be stoked as this kind of run is a major confidence booster. Especially considering 8:38 is, er, was my goal pace for LA.
My 20-miler on February 8 was at 9:20 pace. Definitely a bit slower than I wanted, but I got the miles in and it was a pretty miserable run for other reasons. I definitely remember thinking race day cannot possibly go as wrong as that run and that it was a great toughening-up session. Unfortunately, that run is not fresh in my mind and I missed my redo the next weekend.
So I promised good news...
I have been keeping up my fitness through recumbent cycling and strength training. The strength training is going pretty well. I have been doing mostly abdominal work but also found a video on YouTube called the "Hurt foot workout" which places no weight on your feet and works your core (back/hips/obliques) like a mofo. And obviously the name of it is awesome. I woke up sore this morning and popped out of bed at 5:55 am instead of trying to get comfortable.
While there is NO substitute for running fitness, the next best thing is general fitness, and keeping it up while your injured is so important for so many reasons.
I discovered today that I have actually spent MORE time doing cardio in February than I did in in the past THREE MONTHS, even though it's not by much and it's not "running specific."
The first graph is my total minutes spent running over the past 12 months. Don't judge my April/May, 'kay? I am only displaying the past twelve months because it's more graphically pleasing. ;)
And then below we have the total time I have spent Running + Cycling. What do ya know?!
As I said, I realize I'm not riding the recumbent bike across the LA finish line (I would rather eat my hand) but this was a major positive realization for me today. And February isn't over until tomorrow!
A not-as-much-a-home-run acquisition was that of the Blender Bottle. If you haven't heard of the Blender Bottle, you put all your smoothie shit in the bottle and shake it up to blend. It cuts everything into little pieces and blends into a smoothie. Theoretically.
My first attempt: a sliced banana, frozen sliced strawberries, and 8 oz. of unsweetened almond-coconut milk. My thinking: the banana would blend up nicely because it was warm, the frozen strawberries were sliced rather thinly so I thought I would get small chunks and that the frozen-ness of them would equate to a perfect icy smoothie. In reality: I shook this as hard as I could and couldn't get it to blend the way I expected. I got big chunks of strawberries. The bananas blended well. I didn't get anything icy, but it was still an okay smoothie consistency.
I actually don't think you could get an icy smoothie with this (I like frozen smoothies like Jamba-style, maybe that's not what other people expect in a smoothie?) unless you used shaved ice - or crushed ice and shook the shit out of it. But after looking through their recipes, I suppose that making a frozen blended smoothie isn't the idea. Oh well!
I guess I'll just have to use it to make pancakes.
I am registered for the LA Marathon which is in 17 days. I had big goals for this race and I am so very sad that they will not be possible now that I have injured my ankle.
I feel like it's my fault that I injured my ankle, because I did not pay attention to all the warning signs that were there, and I could have rested in January for two weeks instead of now for two weeks and been able to kick it up just in time to be in great marathon shape. I shouldn't have changed my shoes plus added extra mileage at the same time. I shouldn't have ran when it hurt and I should have been foam rolling every single day. I should have kept up with my calf strengthening exercises I did last year when I had arch pain.
It's hard to not be devastated. I know it's only one race, and it's one I have done before, but it's still my second marathon. And I only do things a second time either for fun or to do better. Well, this race wasn't all that fun, ha ha, so I was mainly doing this to knock twenty minutes off of my time from last year -- or in other words to run a sub-3:45.
Based on how my foot has been feeling today and yesterday, that's not happening. I am in a lot of pain and the swelling hasn't really gone down in general, only after a few hours of rest and icing. I have been icing, elevating, taking ibuprofen and resting it as much as possible, but it doesn't feel any better really.
I didn't realize how incredibly "on-my-feet" my lifestyle is until this injury. I have made habits of staying busy and staying on my feet to burn calories, keep my energy up throughout the day, and then sleep well at night. I make multiple trips down the hall instead of combining trips, for example, and I don't sit down from the time I get home from work (usually around 4:30) until I sit down to eat dinner. In between is various chores, cooking dinner, cleaning up the house, walking and playing with the dog, and, previous to now, a good run.
These are incredibly hard habits to break, and I found myself washing fruit at 9pm last night at the kitchen sink until my husband suggested I pull up a chair. I just don't think about things like that. I have a sit-stand desk at work (requested due to sciatica in my right hip/leg and back) and I have at least remembered to sit at work, but forget to not go on walks around the building or to Starbucks, or to combine trips downstairs to the cafeteria.
So for my second marathon, who knows what will happen? I have another couple of days until my custom orthotics come in, and then I am going to try light jogging, probably next Wednesday the 4th. Plan is to jog until it hurts, or three miles, whichever comes first!
Luckily, I have been able to keep up my fitness on the recumbent bike, but the pushing on my foot has likely set me back. Driving a manual isn't helping, either!
Partial tear in my tibialis posterior coupled with tenosynovitis. Four to six weeks completely off it for it to heal quickly. Considering low-level laser treatment even though I am skeptical.
LA is in less than four weeks. I would still like to run it, but I don't want to risk a more serious injury. The most likely scenario is that I run 2-3 miles a few days before the race and see how I feel. If my foot feels good, I will still run LA. If not then, well, another day.
If I can keep up my fitness I will be fine (I mean, I will be able to finish). But I had a lot of training I wanted to get in 3-4 weeks out, which will not be happening now.
In the mean time, I will be the sad-looking gal on the recumbent bike!
It's official. I have Posterior Tibial Tendinitis in my left ankle. I went to a foot & ankle specialist in the morning who confirmed my own Google diagnosis, took a quick x-ray, and then referred me for an MRI which was done at 4:30pm.
If you've never had an MRI it is a very interesting experience. This was just one foot, and it was very slow and tedious. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have an MRI of my back or shoulder.
You basically change into scrubs, remove all your jewelry, put this weird sticker on the area that hurts the most, and get into a roller bed which goes inside a tubular machine. You have to be perfectly still, which is probably difficult for most of us, but I like to think it was harder for me than most people. My foot was strapped in and about the first 10 minutes I was doing fine. I was very careful not to move at all, as this can affect your images. Then I started having to force myself not to even twitch and then mildly freaked out because my hands were going numb and I was afraid to move them. Needless to say, however, I survived.
I am waiting on the report to go back to my physician so we can discuss the results. That should happen by tonight or, worst case, tomorrow morning when I go for my follow-up appointment. I scheduled the follow-up (1) to be fitted for custom orthotics so this doesn't happen again, and (2) because I need his undivided attention for ten minutes in order to help me figure out how I am going to cope with this, heal quickly and completely, and still run LA in less than 4 weeks. Of course, the only way to get a doctor's full attention is to pay. :)
Today has been six days since I have ran. I did a short hike on Friday afternoon to get outdoors but that probably didn't help things. I cannot stand being cooped up. Having gorgeous weather here in So Cal definitely does not help.
On Sunday I spent 3.5 hours on the stationary bike and while I got a good heart rate going for most of the time, I just didn't feel at all tired during or after, which means this was not a good substitute for my 20-mile training run which would have left me exhausted. I felt like I could have kept pedaling for the entire day. I went back to the gym on Monday afternoon but my knee was a little sore since I am not used to cycling. I spent about 45 minutes hopping between the bike, the elliptical and the stair climber. I was nervous about putting any weight on my foot. While it was still a workout (and probably by most people's standards a solid one), I personally feel like I haven't done anything in a week. Except maybe "7 minute abs" yesterday which did leave me burning!
Being injured is difficult both mentally and physically but it's hard for me to separate which symptoms are mental and which are actually physical. Here's some examples. I feel like I need to stretch all the time. I feel like I cannot stretch enough, my entire body feels incredibly stiff. I also feel very restless because I haven't been able to expend my energy. Other than that, I feel unfocused, bloated, depressed, angry, and irritable. Doesn't that make you want to come hang out with me?!
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