Yes… that is my foot with an ice pack wrapped round it! Ugh….
How can one run be really really good and then the next one hardly even get off the ground? Running is infuriating sometimes!
So the story of the ice pack starts yesterday sometime… I can’t even really remember how or what happened now but I got up somehow from doing whatever I was doing… I think I may have been doing some cleaning and I landed awkwardly on my foot and a little shooting pain shot across the top of my foot. I thought ah crap I must have twisted it funny but it wasn’t massively painful just a bit twingy so I sat down and we watched the rugby and then a movie and there wasn’t any more pain so I really thought no more of it.
Then this morning we pottered about, not walking very far or very fast and I didn’t give it a moments thought cause there were no problems, it didn’t hurt in the slightest. So after letting our lunch go down we laced up to do the 12 mile long run which we should have done yesterday (but didn’t in the end because Gideon had been ill all night and didn’t get much sleep so we slept in). We had decided that because Gideon’s knee has been playing up for the last few weeks that we would do an extra long walking warm up today to try and really warm the muscles before we started the long run. Well we had probably been walking for 10 minutes when I stepped and this horrific shooting pain shot right across my foot (in the same place as yesterday) and caused me to actually pull up and yelp! I WASN’T EVEN RUNNING – WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?!?!?!
I readjusted the shoes and we carried on walking but it was still twinging a little. I wanted to give the running a try to see if it would still hurt so we set off on our first run interval and Gideon had to pull up this time because his knee was hurting. We tried a couple more but between the intermittent shooting pain in my foot (which seemed to be worse on the walk breaks then when actually running – what is up with that?!?!?) and Gid’s hurting knee there wasn’t really much hope for us to do 2 miles let alone 12. Ugh! just ugh! It is beyond frustrating.
We sat on a bench for a grumpy 10 minutes before admitting defeat. We are now at home and i’m icing the foot then Gid will be icing the knee and there will be sulking and much youtubing of Disney World video’s to try to put us in a better mood.
Its frustrating that this is happening now – only 4 weeks away from the half marathon, but at the same time – it’s happening now. There are 4 weeks until the half marathon – there is time to rest and be ok come race day (I hope) even if we don’t manage to do another long run until the half marathon because of this, if we rest and look after ourselves and don’t make it worse we should still be able to run it. We are doing this half marathon if we have to hobble across the finish line, but as we would rather not hobble we will rest now and hope that it fixes the problems.
We think that for Gideon his shoes might be part of the problem, so we are off to the running store next weekend to get him a proper gait analysis done and hopefully find him a pair of shoes that support his feet and legs more (his last pair were asics but we got them online so we don’t really know if they are helping his running form). We are going to attempt to revise the next 4 weeks of the training plan slightly – providing we are feeling ok to run. We want to be ok on race day – that’s the most important thing – even if it means we are slower than we would like to be.
Next week we will try to run twice in the week (short distances) then do a 10k at the weekend if we can. The week after we will try to run twice in the week again and then do the 12 miles we couldn’t do this week. It mean’s we won’t actually run the half marathon distance before the half marathon but thats ok. We have gone 11.5 and we felt like we could have gone for the extra 1.6 miles after that if we needed to, so i’m sure if we can go 12 we can go the extra 1.1 miles come race day. We’ll then taper after that week, doing the maintenance run’s in the week and then a 5k the weekend before the race. Then in the week leading up to the race we’ll try to do 1 maintenance run before we fly to Florida and potentially one when we are there if we can. We will play that last one by ear.
Hopefully some form of this will see us through to race day in good shape. We might miss one run, we might miss several, it’s going to depend entirely on how we feel. As long as we get across that finish line – that’s all that matters.