Where has the week gone!?!
I don’t feel like I’ve recovered yet from the race but it’s not muscle soreness. It’s exhaustion. Luckily everywhere I turn is filled with Halloween candy and coffee….. clean eating starts Monday.
My foot with the plantar fasciitis feels fine though. I think those new 2015 Asics I bought were the root cause of the pf and put too much pressure on the low part of my arch. Sure, maybe I exacerbated the problem by upping my mileage simultaneous with the new shoe purchase. But after ditching the new Asics GT’s, quitting running for 2 weeks before the marathon, and stretching/icing/massaging my foot often, I really think this led to my marathon “success.”
After the marathon, when I got back to the Runner’s World area, Christine Fennessy put me in contact with Budd Coates (Runner’s World go-to expert on injuries) to discuss what to do from here on out with my plantar fascia problem. I still can’t believe I had access to all these people from Runner’s World to discuss my personal racing and injury issues. It really threw me. I was so flustered by it I don’t even know what I was saying. But Mr. Coates was talking to me like I was Shalane Flannagan’s workout partner! These guys are so incredibly nice and generous with their time, I cannot stress this enough. He listened to everything I told him and then told me that I should look online and buy the same pair of Asics that I wore for the race, the 2014’s, before they’re discontinued, since they work for me so well. He also said the little ball I was using to massage my foot was too small. Oops. But it was all I had at the time!
I do still feel a bit of a twinge in my foot. But it is nothing like it was 2-3 weeks ago so it makes me want to get running NOW and pick up where I left off. I feel so fit right now, I really want to keep it up and improve upon it. But I may wait a little longer and ease into running again the next couple of weeks.
I wanted to run today but not sure it’s going to happen tonight. When your kids are babies you can coast through these holidays without doing anything. But then, out of nowhere, the next year they’re into it and all of a sudden you’re crafting scary spider cookies from scratch at night like it’s your job! And nobody in this house is up for hearing the ol’ “but I have to run…” bit right now after I was away for so long for the marathon and after everyone here is tired of all the sacrifice they have had to do for my marathon training. Families really have to be accommodating for all the training we have to do for marathons. It’s the least I can do to hunker down and get some spiders cranked out a few evenings, right? (p.s. my spiders look as bad as my marathon time)
As for future race plans… just saw the medal on Twitter the other day from RunDisney and, oh no… it looks really nice. I’m such a sucker for a nice medal. Already mentioned to a friend “Didn’t Disney say you only have to beat 7 hours for the marathon?? I can walk that right??” My friends have branded me a pathological liar with all the times I have said “This is it! No more marathons!” Whatever. They’re obviously not good friends. Good friends are sworn to believe and take seriously all your negative race affirmations, despite evidence and history to the contrary.
The thing is, I really want to RACE at Disney. Like knock it out of the park race it! There are slight hills (overpasses) and bevels (Florida roads) but maybe I could still do it. I actually ran faster at Disney this past January than I did at Marine Corps just now. And I hadn’t really kept up my training for Disney and wasn’t even trying for a time goal. Surely I could PR?? And this is how it goes… that marathon addiction cycle. I’m sure I’ll be embarrassed by this post in a matter of weeks when I realize my fitness or foot aren’t getting with the program. But I’m going to put it out there anyway.
How is everyone else feeling after Marine Corps? Anyone go out and sign up for another marathon already?