My plan was three runs a week, and gradually increase my long runs and I nailed it all month! The whole month was great except for the last week of the month. So close...
1 - 5 mile
1 - 6 mile
1 - interval run
All the runs were in freaking hot, humid, stagnate conditions, but I just kept going.
9 miles x 2
11 x 1
During this 11 miler, that took me over two hours, my foot started to really hurt toward the end and I got worried. I could feel a change in how fast my feet bounced back after this run.
This month was really an experiment to see what kind of load my feet could handle running three days a week.
This 10K almost killed me! My left foot was hurting the last few miles and I knew a break would be needed. I could feel a big change in the wrong direction during this run, I developed a tender spot that hurt to the touch.
I waited until Friday to try to run. I just did two miles and felt good, then went off to hike with Megan. I felt fine all day! Fingers crossed, I was back on track.
Saturday, the last day of July, I wanted to finish the month off strong.
I was minutes into this run and I just couldn't deal with the heat anymore. My foot felt sore, and I was completely irritated. I shut it down after two miles. I walked home and jumped in the car to head to the gym. I tried to regroup and do a few miles on the treadmill. My feet didn't feel great on the TM either.
|All that sweat from 3 little miles LOL|
Basically, since my 11 mile run, my feet have been on downward spiral, and are becoming increasingly sensitive. A pattern is developing; I am hurting more now all the time even when not running, and my last run I was hurting way sooner into a run than I should. It is not a pattern I want!
For any of you that have suffered from PF (and I have in the past) I have PF type pain, but it is all in the ball of my foot. My toes on both feet (Capsulitis) I feel sharp shooting pains in toes two and three, when I push them too far.
I began 2016 with almost three months off, and I am really not anxious to end up in that situation again. My feet healed to point during that time but plateaued, and now I just need to learn how to live within those limits, so I can stay active.
July didn't turn out exactly like I hoped, but I did learn some things and for now my mission is to get back to where I was in the beginning of the month, and calm the pain. I'll be starting August with a little break from running.
I was so close! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I gotta do what I gotta do though, and to be truthful I could use a little break from the heat!
July I ran ❤ 87 miles. It was fun while it lasted...
Taking it one day at a time for now.