Trusting the Training

The good news, I ran over 76 miles in the 5 days I did run this week; the bad news, I missed last Sunday due to plantar pain being bad enough to warrant skipping my recovery run and skipped today’s marathon pace long run to avoid further stress on my foot. My foot has been hurting on and off for a couple weeks, but it usually clears up fine after stretching and massaging it over a couple days of easy running. Rather than keeping that cycle going though, I elected to skip the harder run altogether today since my foot would have been in pain from the start and really sore tomorrow. At some point you just have to rest and even though plenty of people say that all the time, I’m not often inclined to agree. I’m trying to tell myself that resting today is the equivalent of putting that good long run in, because resting is what will prepare me for Boston better at this time, not more running.
I don’t know if someone who hasn’t trained before can understand how absolutely awful you feel when skipping a workout, but for those who have and also have this compulsion to train hard, you know what I mean. I’m trying very hard to appreciate the positives and lack of real injury and just focus on the solid work I’ve put in like the title says. I don’t have a real fear that this will affect how I run at Boston, the race is only 16 days out and the real hard work has already been put in. Today was probably more of an ancillary long run than a real building workout anyway, but when your in the pits of missed workout despair, reality is not much of a comfort. I’m not intending to make this a pity party here, so I’ll move on quickly. Because after all, there IS much to be thankful for and not just in my training. Tomorrow is Easter and that means once again spending some extra time thinking, appreciating and praising our Savior, something I spend too little time on the rest of year. God has seen fit to bless me with great health, wonderful family and many friends and this weekend He has also given me more time to think about that as I’m sitting at home today, I truly believe that.

I’ll leave the training update for my next post, where I’ll hopefully have more training to detail. Happy taper to those who are running in the next few weeks, hydrate well and sharpen that mental game!

Luke 24:1-12 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with, came to the tomb bringing spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus, And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.'” And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

He is risen!!! Happy Easter!

10 thoughts on “Trusting the Training

    • Thanks! I’m trying to take it easy, definitely hard, but on my third day of no running right now. That’s what a taper is right, no running? haha Hope your Easter was great.

  1. Dan sorry to hear about the sinister Plantar Fasciia coming at you, and with only 2weeks till Boston AAHH! I have been fighting it a couple months myself. I recommend you get some Tart Cherry Juice(anti-inflammatory) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dynamic-Health-Tart-Cherry-Juice-Concentrate-16-oz/19347715 and some ankle sleeves that you can wear to work or while you sleep http://www.runningwarehouse.com/Zensah_Compression_Ankle_Support/descpage-ZAS.html also stretch your feet before you get out of bed in the morning. Tennis balls and golf balls work great too. But I’m sure you probably already know how to deal with it.

    • I’ve never tried the tart cherry juice as anti-inflammatory I’ll give it a shot! Still need to get one of the magic socks everyone recommends too. Sorry to hear yours has stuck around so long! I can usually kick it out quick with massaging my calf, hopefully this is as bad as it gets!

  2. Yeah I drink a couple spoon fulls(2Tblsp=80 cherries) ever day for my carpal tunnel and now my feet, don’t really know how much it helps though. My dad use to drink it when his back was really bad. Thanks, I do kind of wish it would go away now so I can at least get a couple miles in before Vermont! I also stopped drinking coffee last week and it seems to be doing much better now, I was consuming 200-400 mg caffeine every day. Do you drink coffee regularly?

    • I tried some cherry juice today! My foot feels better right now, getting some graston work done on it tonight. Don’t if you’ve ever had that done, but it usually works great for me. I try to drink just one cup a day, sometimes have an afternoon cup though, trying to drink some real fruit juice and more water instead.

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