Monday, January 19, 2015

Marathon Training Week Seven

Calling this marathon training doesn't seem like the right title this week, since I am just hovering in limbo, but hopefully by the weekend I will have answers and some real direction. My bone scan appointment is Wednesday and I hope it won't take long to get the results. 

Week seven, I cycled 21 miles, spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, four sessions of weight training, which included some core work, and 12 miles of running. 

I rested from running Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...etc. and it felt like a realllllly long week. I think I ate my weight in dark chocolate not running all week. Saturday rolled around and my shin felt fine all week, and I am very nervous about losing everything I have been working toward, so I went out with run buddy for a twelve miler, which was my planned drop back week distance. 


12 miles in 2:08 - it was cold, but the sun was shining, we took our time, chatted, and I clicked the miles off without a hint a pain in my leg. I was so glad to be out. The only thing that ached - my feet, I think my shoes are about shot already, even with new inserts my feet felt a little achy. 

I got these early Sept. I can't believe I need to replace them already. 


Sunday I got back on the bike at the gym. 


Thankfully, since hubby is working out with me, we hit it hard a few times this week, because alone I would have flaked out. 


How many pairs of shoes do you buy a year? 
Have you ever had a bone scan, how long did it take to get the results, if so? 

27 comments:

  1. Awesome you were able to do 12 miles! I have had a bone scan. It's pretty neat because they let me see and it was obvious I had an issue (stress fracture in ankle). I think I had to wait a few days to go back to the doctor for official results. I buy 2-3 pair of shoes a year. Just ordered my latest pair yesterday! Here's hoping you have zero issues with your scan!

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    1. Thanks!! I am hoping I will be clear. I was thinking I should know for sure a day or two after the scan :) I am internet surfing trying to decide on shoes now.

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  2. Yay for 12 miles and no pain except for the feet thing. I hate to admit it, but I think I go through like 3 or 4 pairs a year. I probably don't always wear them out all the way, I watch for sales on my favorite shoes and take advantage when I can. Hope you continue to run pain free, great job getting in other workouts!

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    1. I am glad I am not the only one going through that many shoes! lol I must be too heavy on my feet, I think I do wear them out. Sales are always a good idea :) I try to stock up if I love a pair.

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  3. I go through 4 pairs a year. I keep 2 pairs in my running rotation, so I run in them every other day. I try and have the 2 pairs different brands, it is supposed to help decrease injury.
    Good jog getting in 12 miles! The fact that they were pain free is a good sign!

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    1. I guess I am right on track for 4 pairs a year. I do alternate shoes because I use different ones at the gym and some of my shorter runs outside I use my Altra's. My Altra's seem to last a longer than my Brooks, but I haven't found an Altra I can do a long run in yet, I am hoping something new will come out.
      I actually haven't had any pain until this morning, and it passed quickly. I can't wait to get this over with so I will know what going to happen.

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  4. Glad to hear you had no pain during your long run. Maybe those rest days did help. I have never had a bone scan before. Hope your pain doesn't continue. I don't buy more than two pair a yr, although I feel like I should be buying more.-L

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    1. I have felt pretty good, I am hopeful tomorrow will be good news.
      That's good your shoes will last a little longer :)

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  5. Great to hear that the 12-miler was painfree! Hopefully you'll be back to a normal training schedule in just a couple of days.

    I buy new shoes about every 3 months, so about 4 pairs a year. I run 6 days a week, 90% outdoors so the soles go quickly :( I don't go by mileage but rather by how the bottoms look. Once they're worn down so much that I can see past the rubber in an area or two I know I need a new pair. My feet also start getting achey when I try to go too long between new shoes.

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    1. That achy foot thing gets me! I keep wondering if they make a shoe my feet won't hurt in over 13 miles lol I guess I will just have to keep going through the Brooks until I find something else that works, at least they are comfy for about 3 months.
      I hope I can resume my regular running schedule this weekend, or I may need Prozac.

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  6. I often wear my shoes for 400 miles, but sometimes they don't last that long. Sorry you're dealing with some pain lately. Hopefully, you'll get some good news soon!

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    1. Thanks Tina :) I am hopeful tomorrow will be good news.

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  7. I need to start tracking the miles on my shoes! I think I'm wearing them too long.Hope you get good answers from your scan!

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    1. Thanks! I try to remember to put in what shoes I was wearing on my log so I can track the miles, but I have been slacking lately.

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  8. Awesome news about your pain free run! I usually replace my shoes after 500 miles which takes me about 3-4 months. Yes, that's about 4 pairs of shoes a year, lol.

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    1. 4 pairs a year isn't so bad when I look at your mileage :)

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  9. I am happy your run was pain free! How many miles are on your shoes? I track mine and they kind of bite it after 200 or so miles (since I am heavier). I think I buy around 8 pairs a year. Ha ha.

    I have had scans. I got my results same day and the doc called me next day to discuss. I hope nothing is wrong and you can get back to your weekly shorter runs too - you need those as well as the long run!

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    1. I have a little over 300 miles on my Brooks and that seems to be when they start hurting on long runs.
      I hope the doc calls me that fast, that would make me very happy. I just want to get on with it, and you are so right, I am a bit worried, if I am clear jumping and doing my long run again after no runs all week seems a little nuts. Pretty sure 16 miles may not be the best idea this weekend.

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    2. I hope they call asap too! Is it a sports medicine doc? Mine was, and he knew I had a marathon in three months when he told me I had three stress fractures, lol (he helped me though and I still ran it!).

      Yeah, if you can't run during the week at all this week, I think it would be wise to cut down any running you do do. You will lose a bit of fitness (speed) and when you get back to it, your lungs may struggle more, but it will be worth it to speed up that leg recovery!

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  10. I got my current running shoes in September and I really need some new ones too! So crazy how fast they go!

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    1. It is crazy! I guess I just have to plan on 4 pairs a year :)

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  11. I usually get 400-500 miles out of each set of shoes and I *try* to get new ones before the current ones feel like flat tires (doesn't always happen that way). Glad to hear you were comfortable enough ro run 12 miles! Hopefully that means the rest is helping.

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    1. I wish I could get to 500 miles in my Brooks. My Altra's have held up a lot longer, but I don't do as well on long runs with them, maybe it's time to try again.
      I feel very rested, my muscles are twitching to go!

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  12. I usually get 300-400 miles out of a pair of shoes. My last pair, I pushed it too long and paid the price. But they were my marathon PR shoes and I just didn't want to lose the magic!

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    1. I understand, when you have a favorite pair it is hard to give them up!!

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  13. I hope you get the all clear with the results! I normally get 400 to 500 on a pair of shoes and have two road shoes and one trail shoe going at all times. I track miles for each shoe on a spreadsheet.

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  14. That's good to have road shoes to alternate. I think I need to be more diligent about tracking my miles! I like that idea :)

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