Week 7: Sun REST; Mon REST; Tues Spin class, 30 min strength circuit, 1 hour with PT; Weds 6 mi run; Thurs REST (due to cortisone shot in foot), Fri REST; Sat 18 mi run.
Week 7 started off with two days of rest. I realize I've been resting more than I probably should and want to but I'm trying to keep the nerves in my feet from getting too aggravated until a solution can be found. Sort of a bummer, but I am trying to listen to my body.
On Tuesday, I headed to a spin class at RCSC, followed that up with 30 min circuit on the strength machines and then did one hour with Jeff Withers doing TRX training, kettlebells and ropes. Woah...my body was wiped by the end of that 2.5 hours at the gym! Weds I ran my 6 mi mid-week medium run without any issues. Thursday, I headed back to the podiatrist to go over my ultrasound and take about next steps. While there, he decided to give me two shots of cortisone in my left foot to see how it would work and if I liked it, I would come back and have my right foot done as well. The cortisone works to atrophy the nerve so that it will eventually shrink. So I spent the rest of the day with my bandaged foot elevated in front of the fireplace. I took Friday off as well just to be safe.
Saturday, I headed out for my 18 mile run. I mentally broke it down into three 6 mile segments and told myself after each 6 mile segment I could stop for water and Gu Chomps (which were sort of gross! I plan on doing a product review on them). The whole run went pretty well and I was happy. I was getting tired of running on the greenway trails and Rock Creek Park, so I decided to do a more urban run. I ran through Chevy Chase and into the District. I was so preoccupied with watching all the people, etc, that I didn't even realize one song had been on constant loop for four miles! I maintained about a 9:30 pace which is what I am hoping for on race day, coming in just over 4 hours. I felt great up until the last two miles where I began to get some under knee cap pain. I researched it later and it may be do to overused quadriceps...which makes sense I suppose. I met my husband and daughter at the local Starbucks for a quick refuel and then we headed home for the evening. My daughter joined me for some post run yoga in front of the fireplace.