Marathon Training (Week 14)

After taking a full week off from running, my podiatrist cleared me to run! And run I did, although it wasn’t pretty. My plans to run the Hartford Marathon on October 11th are now in yellow proceed-with-caution status because my foot continues to hurt slightly. I’m still fundraising for it though so please donate here!

Previous weeks:
Marathon Training (week 1-3)
Marathon Training (week 4)
Marathon Training (week 5)
Marathon Training (week 6-9)
Marathon Training (week 10)
Marathon Training (week 11)
Marathon Training (week 12)
Marathon Training (week 13)


{my first run after a week of inactivity}

WEEK 14 (8/4/2014 – 8/10/2014)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 6 mile run 3 mile run (27:27 min @ 9:09 min/mi)
Wednesday60 min Cross-training Rest
Thursday6 mile run 3 mile run (28:39 min @ 9:33 min/mi) + 2 mile walk
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest
Sunday10K Race 4 mile run (37:46 @ 9:27 min/mi)
TOTAL = 10 miles

Thoughts: My left foot was a bit of a mess after Lollapalooza weekend, so I immediately made an appointment for an MRI on Monday. My thoughts were dark and pessimistic but the podiatrist delivered the best birthday present a runner could ask for – a clean MRI with no visible injuries in sight! I’m obviously ecstatic with this news but I can’t help to be slightly frustrated with the lack of answers to this persistent arch pain. My podiatrist recommended physical therapy so that’s next on the agenda.

I wanted to ease back into running after the full week of inactivity, so I cut down each run to three miles. My original intention was to actually run the full required distances on Thursday and Sunday, but my foot protested halfway through each time. The fact that I’m unable to run more than three miles without foot aches is obviously a concern as marathon training continues. The reality is that, although my foot ultimately does feel better, there may be a point where I realize that the marathon may not be feasible this year. In the meantime I’ll be praying to the running gods…

♥ Irina

1 Comment

  1. August 13, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Ugh, I really hope your foot starts cooperating! It’d be so frustrating to have to give up on your marathon dreams entirely for the year 🙁 Physical therapy can make a world of difference in my experience, so hopefully that’ll help you out some!