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What a week! Much of the week was spent sidelined by the blister on my heel that I got during last Saturday’s long run. With Chicago right around the corner, I refuse to let this blister keep me from moving, so even though it was difficult to run I found other ways to stay active. Even though I did complete my long run yesterday, my blister is still a prominent fixture on my heel, so I still need to be careful in order to let it continue to heal.
Monday, August 28th
I returned home from the first day of school with my new students to fall like weather. The temperature was in the low 70s and the humidity was very low. It was perfect summer running weather, and I wanted to take advantage of it, despite the open blister on my heel. I bandaged myself up, but putting my running shoe on was still incredibly painful. That should have been my sign to not go for my run. But I’m stubborn, so I still headed out the door. I only made it 1.85 miles down the sidewalk before it was too painful to continue. I sat down on the sidewalk and took my shoe off to discover that not only had the band aid moved but that the short run had made my blister larger in size. There was no way that I could continue running. So what did I do? I walked 1.85 miles back home in just my socks. I’m sure I looked absolutely crazy to everybody driving by, but I had no other choice.
Tuesday, August 29th
Refusing to sit still, I headed to the gym after school. I crossed my fingers that I’d be able to get a full workout in, and thankfully the elliptical didn’t bother my heel, so I completed a 40 minute workout on it. Afterwards I did 30 minutes of weight training. Surprisingly, it actually hurt more to walk around the gym in the weights area than it did to use the elliptical.
Trying the elliptical and strength training today. Fingers crossed that my heel will cooperate! 🙏🏼#beinginjuredsucks
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) August 29, 2017
Wednesday, August 30th
I didn’t have time to get to the gym before picking little man up, but I still wanted to get a workout in. So what did I do? I put on my athletic sandals, put little man in his stroller, and went for a 2.40 mile walk. I know that walking in sandals in far from ideal, but it was the only way that I could walk without irritating my heel.
Thursday, August 31st
Thursday evening was Back to School Night at school. Because of traffic in Northern Virginia, it made little sense to drive home to just have to turn around about an hour later in order to make it back to school on time. So I just stayed at school and grabbed an early dinner with some coworkers. I didn’t arrive home until around 9:30. After being out of the house for over 15 hours, my bed looked like a much better idea than trying to work out.
Friday, September 1st
Our first home football game at school was Friday evening, and there were food trucks brought to school for some pre-game festivities. Preston and little man met me at school, where we grabbed some BBQ from one of the food trucks for dinner before staying for the first part of the game. We arrived home around 8:00, and again, I was far too tired from a long day to work out.
Saturday, September 2nd
I usually complete my long runs on Saturdays, but between it pouring all day and wanting to give my heel another day to heal before attempting to run, I decided to push my run a day back. Instead, I did a 30 minute full body strength training workout.
Sunday, September 3rd
After being uncertain for the entire week whether I’d be able to run at all, I was very cautious Sunday morning as I bandaged myself up and put my running shoes on. For the first time since I first got the blister, my heel wasn’t bothered too much by putting a running shoe on. Yes, it was sensitive but it wasn’t painful, so I took that as a sign that it was time to attempt running again. I had 18 miles on my training plan, and as I headed out the door I had no idea how the run would go or how many miles I would be able to run. I took it pretty easy with my pace, and thankfully running didn’t hurt. It was far from how I felt during Monday’s run.
I modified one of my usual out and back route for a couple of reasons. I knew that there were several gas stations and stores that I could make pit stops at if needed on the modified route. It was also a route that Preston could easily pick me up on if I needed to stop. I ran into a CVS at mile 11 to refill my Camelbak, and then sat on the sidewalk outside to change out the band aids on my heel and to change into a dry sock. I’m so glad that I had planned ahead and had brought along extra band aids and an extra pair of socks. During my pit stop, I did notice that my heel was a bit more irritated than it had been prior to the start of my run, but again, it was nothing like it had been on Monday.
As I left CVS I was uncertain as to whether I’d be able to finish all 18 miles. My heel was definitely more sensitive, and the last thing that I wanted to do was make it worse. But as each mile passed, I wanted to push myself even more to run all 18 miles. And I did! It felt so good to see 18 miles on my Garmin at the end of my run!
I still need to take it easy on my heel in order to let it continue to heal, as it still has a long way to go. At the beginning of the week I was beginning to worry whether I’d be able to fully prepare for Chicago. Yesterday’s long run has given me the confidence that even with my blister that as long as I take care of it and take the proper precautions that I should be able to continue my training, even if it isn’t exactly as I would like. My number one focus right now is on getting to the start line of Chicago, no matter how many modifications I have to make in the remaining weeks of my training.
Total Weekly Mileage – 28.39 miles (5.23 miles more than week 12)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 352.14 miles
QOTD: How do you approach set backs to your training, especially when you’re only a couple of weeks out from your race?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.