It’s already time to begin training for my eighth half marathon! I just enjoyed a nice period of hibernation around the holidays, so it is hard to believe I’m back to a structured running routine. Especially hard to believe when I’m about to do my long run outside and this is the weather.
I’m not much of a sunglasses person but when it is cold and windy my eyes water so much it’s like I’m watching Beaches on repeat. These sunglasses saved the day by blocking the wind.
I’ve had some soreness on the bottom of my right foot for the last month or so and have been running slower than my normal 10ish mile pace, so I decided to join the 10:45 group at Training Team this morning. I’m leaving my options open as far as moving up to the 10:30 or 10 (my group last fall) groups later, but today went so well I may stick with 10:45 and run faster during the week. During fall training I had to walk during several of the runs which is pretty demoralizing. This morning I never felt that urge which is a welcome change.
After I completed six miles around Forest Park I went back to the visitors center and signed up to be stretched (for free!) by Athletico. I had to wait about 45 minutes but it was so worth it because not only did Elena stretch me, she talked about my foot pain with me. It’s been in these two areas but mostly the ball of my foot.
She did a bunch of tests and asked if I had pain first thing in the morning, which is a symptom of plantar fasciitis. Thankfully, I do not, which she said is a good sign. She said it could just be a bone bruise, which is annoying, but not as serious. Then she showed me foot specific stretches and gave me a handout.
She also gave me her card and said to email if I had any questions. I certainly don’t hope I need treatment beyond the stretches I’ll do on my own but if I do I’m so glad I met Elena. Access to people like her is another wonderful thing about Big River Running.
I had a really busy first week of training.