So it has been over a week since my last post. I ended up getting plantar faciitis either during or after the marathon because of my dead shoes so I have not been in the greatest mood for reading or writing about running. I literally could not even walk for a few days because my feet were in so much pain. It looks like I was in the wrong shoe for my gait. I am a supinator, meaning, my feet roll outwards when I run. After inspecting my shoes you could see the wear on the outside of my shoes was terribly worn down. I remember complaining about my feet during the marathon, but I thought it was normal foot pain. When the pain wouldn't go away after the marathon I realized I had PF.
So I am running Marathon #2 on Sunday and I have no shoes to run the race in. My local running store is being nice and exchanging my shoes out for another pair, but they are trying to get another pair in for me in time for the marathon. A pair that he thinks will work with my gait. So I only have one more scheduled run and currently running in my new Newton's. I LOVE my Newton's but am not sure I am ready to run a marathon in them. I ran 8 miles in them on Sunday and my calves have been screaming at me all week. I ran a very fast, fun 3 miles today in my new, beautiful shoes. These shoes are SOOO light!
I am not done with my race report yet. Reliving all the events leading up to the race and then the actual race isn't so fun. Yes, I finished with a positive attitude, but I am still mad that my training cycle was wasted. Nothing was working with me that day, and I knew that I needed PERFECT conditions in order to run a BQ as I was only trained for a perfect race, not much negotiation.
Baystate Marathon is on Sunday and I am running it with my sister. She just wants to finish, but it will take a lot of discipline not to start out too fast as I know she can do really well, but am afraid she will blow up at the end if we don't run smart. She wants to finish under 5 hours so we are thinking 4:45, I think we can do a 4:30, so I may push for that. I am not nervous about this race at all as I see it as a fun one. She on the other hand is full of nerves. :)
I am still contemplating training plans for Goofy. My painful feet really made me question my recovery from this next marathon, but I am feeling so much better today. I think I may make it through the next few months. I have decided to focus more on speed work and may also run my long runs faster. The program I am looking at doesn't include as many long runs, but more fast runs. Fun stuff! I have a 5k schedule for my 30th birthday, and I would love a very good PR. My current PR is 22:52, I think I can get a 22:15, what do you think?
I apologize for the lack of posts. I am not sure what I plan to do with the blog from here on out. It is hard to blog when you aren't running and when you are feeling negative thoughts towards running. I still love training for marathons, but I am frustrated that we put so much into that one day where you can simply not eat a full breakfast and be nervous and everything goes down to the tubes. So please bear with me through the next few weeks as I recover from another marathon and get back into normal training....I am not the same person when I can't run.