So with the help of Dr. Google (and the one I live with), I figured out what is going on with my foot. It seems to be extensor tendinitis, most likely caused by those darn shoes that Brooks changed the lacing/fit on for 2014. The treatment is to rest it, ice, pop some ibuprofin and stretch the calves. I’m doing 3 out of 4 of those at least. I also changed back to my old pair of Adrenaline 13s while simultaneously scouring the internet for the last remaining quantities of the 13s in my size. Switching back to the old shoe seemed to do the trick. The pain is definitely trending downward, to the point where it barely bothered me on my long run this week.
The highlight of my week was getting left in the dust by my 9 year old on our mother-son hike. I could try using the excuse that I’d already done a speed workout that morning, but really, it was pretty clear my kid is a mountain goat while I’m just a timid old lady who is petrified of injuring (or re-injuring) my ankles. We went with another mother-son combo–a good friend of my son’s and his mom–a gal about my age who loves to run trails. I was definitely the weak link in the bunch. I’m always so amazed by trail runners. She kept referring to herself as “slow” but I could barely keep up! We had a great time and were rewarded with some gorgeous views.
Then, after my long run on Saturday, we headed out as a family to get a closer look at Denali from a cute little town called Talkeetna. The kids skipped rocks and we all gawked at the largest peak in North America (still another 100+ miles away). Thankfully no hiking or climbing was involved in this outing, as my legs were toast after that long run!
Monday – 8 miles with hills (8:28 avg) – My assignment was to pick a hilly route and then charge up all the hills focusing on form, using my arms, and giving whatever I could.The first two miles I felt so flat and awful, like I was in slow motion, and that was when I was going downhill! The first hill I “charged up” felt pretty pathetic. More like limping than charging. But somewhere around mile 3 I started feeling a little better. My foot was still bothering me (especially on downhill) but I started to feel a bit more energetic. The hill around mile 5 is a beast–lasts about a 1/2 mile with a significant grade. I normally crawl up that hill at a 10:30 -11:00 pace, but I made it up averaging 8:30! I felt like passing out, but I made it. Not a fun or great feeling run, but hopefully it made me stronger.
Tuesday – 6 miles easy – This run felt fine (slow and tired, but fine) until around mile 5 when the foot started hurting. Stretched a little and kept going.
Wednesday – 7 miles with ladder speed workout – Alaska has turned me into a total wimp when it comes to heat. It was high 60s and super sunny when I got to the track in the morning. (Sun comes up around 4 am). And I was complaining to myself that it was too hot! Anyway. This was my first ladder workout ever. And wow, was it tough for me. 200, 400, 600, 800, 800, 600, 400, 200 with 2 minute rest in between each. Goals were 40-42 sec, both 1:30, 2:21-2:25, 3:17-3:15. Actual was 40, 1:24, 2:20, 3:13, 3:17, 2:25, 1:33, 43. On the first 600, I almost gave up midway through. I felt so sluggish–like I was barely moving and would pass out at any moment. I was shocked it came in on goal. Same with the first 800. Again, I thought for sure my pace was way off and I just told myself to finish however I could and not worry about how badly I had missed the target. This speed stuff is an exercise in mental toughness as much as it is physical. I didn’t feel very strong or great during the workout, but I felt really happy when I was done and could say I hadn’t given up!
Thursday – 5 miles easy. Didn’t feel as awful as I thought I would after yesterday’s track workout. Nice and slow recovery run.
Friday – 3.5 miles easy. Ran some trails from our house to the river with my little guy. Had to drag him along on the roads, but as soon as we hit the trails, he started flying and I had to work to keep up. He was born to live here, I think!
Saturday – 13 miles (8:23 avg). Sunny and warm for this hilly long run. Picked it up in the last 3 miles to hit 7:57, 7:53, 7:36.
Sunday – off.
Total – 42 miles