Phew! I am finally starting to get really excited about Boston again after a couple of weeks of cross training and therapy. My left leg and foot is feeling much better and my confidence is back. People keep telling me their personal stories of cross training before big races and still running great. Coach D. pointed out that Joan Benoit Samuelson had arthroscopic knee surgery 17 days before the 1984 Olympic Trials and cross trained pretty much her entire last three weeks. She won the trials AND the Olympic Games a few months later. I have been keeping my body sharp and fit while trying to stay mentally tough even without a lot of running. I’ve also been trying to evaluate what may have been the cause of my sudden flare up of problems. I think the main cause is simply training harder than I ever have while having a break-through season (doesn’t come without its set-backs.) I also think my new orthotics and changing them three different times this season may have confused my legs and feet a bit too much. In the coming weeks you can be sure I will be doing everything possible to strengthen my feet and step off the plantar faciitis pain train. But for the next week I’m just going to keep focusing on rest, recovery and positive thoughts going into Boston
My week in review:
Monday A.M. 40 min. pool run, therapy with Dr. Tim. P.M. 30 min. swim
Tuesday A.M. 70 min. elliptical w/8×3 min. hard pushes, massage with Erin P.M. Weights/core plus 30 min. pool run
Wednesday 60 min. pool run, 2 hour nap
Thursday A.M. 45 min. pool run, massage and kinesio tape with Rob. P.M. 4 mile easy run on Kitt Field; felt pretty good!
Friday 80 min. pool run with intervals at Rally Sport with Katie F., Sarah, Bean, and Cheri. It was nice to have friends to chat with. I tried to do a lot of the run without a float belt and by the time I finished, my shoulders were PUMPED. ART with Richey afterwards. Sarah says I’m a “therapy whore.” I say I’m just trying to hit this injury from all angles. After all, each therapist I saw this week offered a slightly different approach. I figure something’s gotta give.
Saturday 6 mile run with Aaron, 6 strides mixed in plus 40 min. pool run right after. Bumped into Joanna, Kathy, Colleen, and Coach at FAC. My spirits were lifted by their optimism, encouragement, and smiling faces. P.M. Cleaned out the garage and it is now miraculously pleasant to walk through! Took the kids to see Hop. Cute!
Sunday Day of Rest. Took a 2 hour nap after Church.