I've mentioned my marathon right?
Yeah, I thought so.
They say that you always know when some one is a vegan, running a marathon, or does crossfit, because they don't stop talking about it!
This last Saturday I had my longest training run yet: 18 miles. Yeesh.
We ran through the Andover back roads. Hills, gravel roads, trucks barreling toward you without slowing, dogs running free. Guess what else? I live in Kansas. Do you know what the word means? it means "People of the (south) Wind". That's no joke. It's ALWAYS windy here. There's nothing to block the breeze here in our lovely square (with a bite taken) state. So, when running up and down hills on gravel roads, it's no surprise that I was pretty covered in dirt afterward.
For the last week or so, I've noticed a pain in my heel that has been getting steadily worse per run. After a short 4 mile run last friday, I noticed that my pain was just as intense as my 15 miler the week before. I looked online, and it seems that I've developed Plantar Fasciitis.
I only have three weeks left until my race! What am I supposed to do???
Well, what can I do? I'm going to continue training, and I'm going to run my race. I've been icing and rolling and stretching and wearing the right shoes and doing everything I possibly can to relieve the pain and make sure I don't over do it. But the simple truth is: I have 20 miles this saturday (4/16). I need to make sure I get 20 miles in this week. That's 5 miles a day for 4 days, or 4 miles a day for 5 days. I would prefer the former, so that I can enjoy my Good Friday off and my 4 day weekend coming up.
If you're reading this, and you're the praying sort, pray that I don't over injure myself. If I really tear this ligament, I can't afford surgery. And I really want to run the Yellowstone trails this summer.
Onward and Upward, right?