Sorry for the mini rant...
The plantar fat pad under my foot is thinning (has thinned). The fat I actually want and need on my body is going away, however, I am really good at growing an abundance of body fat in every. other. place. on my being...just not the one place I could really use it! The irony!!!
Anyway, I still have the sensation of bone to pavement if I go without my orthotics, even for a short time, and my toes will let me know if I push it too much, so really, I marvel at how much I have been able to run lately.
My number one goal for June was to figure out, how much impact I can handle without repercussions. I don't want my toes any more mangled.
When the Doc said go, I tried, but to be honest March, was probably a little soon in the healing process. I would run, get nervous at how much my feet hurt, take a long time off, try again...
I ran 18 miles in March.
April, I tried to run 3 or 4 times a week and a lot of my runs were intervals (I ran two races with intervals) No real racing involved though, just survival.
When May rolled around I kept to much shorter distances (except for one half with HoHo, that I walked a lot of)
I needed to rebuild. I felt so weak, especially in May, I felt a huge decline in my fitness and endurance capabilities.
I made some specific June goals
- Run 3 x's a week (and check toes obsessively)
- Two runs a week non-stop, preferably 4-6 miles each
- One longer run each week with intervals easy paced
- Work on controlling my heart rate better in the heat
- Adjust goals to more intervals anytime the feet revolt
- Do some push ups!
This month a change in me took place. I have always been, a run off feel kind of person. I typically would find what felt sustainable on any given day, and would push up to that limit. This month, I have really worked on not being in the red zone my entire work out. I am getting better at it, I often spend almost equal amounts of time in zone 4 and 5 throughout a run.
I also learned getting wet helps me tremendously with regulating my body temp. I have always enjoyed going through a sprinkler and letting hit my arms and legs a little to cool off, but I have taken it to a whole new level. I go intentionally slow now, and get my back and head, good and wet, and it does wonders. Why didn't I do this a few years ago? I am actually enjoying some of my summer runs! I bet when people pass me dripping they think I am sweating...gross, LOL maybe that is why no one ever speaks!
My runs in the beginning of the month were hard! Many, many times, I was not sure I would ever be able to handle 5 or 6 miles of steady running again. I could barely tug myself through 3 or 4 miles. It bugged me how weak I felt, but you all know I am kind of hard-headed, I was determined to try to get "back" some of what I lost.
I realize NOW, that may never happen, and I am actually in a good place of acceptance with it all, but that is a post for another day.
Anyway, I have struggled a bit with the snooze button, seriously, freaking 4:45 a.m. is so early! However, knowing my feet are going to hurt no matter if I run 3 miles or 6, has motivated me to get up and get going. I need to make the most of the time I spend on my feet.
As this month closes, I actually feel more confident that I can keep myself moving for 5 or 6 miles, and I am relaxing and enjoying my runs.
I didn't do as well with:
- One longer run each week, with intervals easy paced
Looking back, my goal list sounded simple to me, but honestly, I never felt good enough to do a "longer" run. I really just needed to get some strength back.
Overall, I feel like June has been a success.
All the days with checks, I met my goals! I ran 4-6 miles.
The happy face days, I did intervals.
I am slower than I use to be for sure, but that doesn't bother me right now. I am really content to have a regualr routine going again :) I actually ran 79 miles in June. I was stunned when I checked.
As I head into July, I plan to stick with three runs a week.
- one 5 mile run
- one 6 mile run
- one interval "longer run"
I still want to see if my feet will tolerate a higher mileage run, but I didn't want to rush the jump in mileage in June. Hopefully, July will reveal the answer if double digits will work for me.
Oh, and that push up goal...
the last day of June I took a walk and did 6 sets of 15 :) and of course, I threw in 10 more to close the month with an even 100 :) Thanks Marcia, and all my push up buds, for the motivation :)
I sure I hope can conquer the snooze button in July, because in a blink it'll be August!
How do you feel June went for you?
What are your July goals?