As I mentioned on Thursday, I’m still not back to running, even though I’m technically in week 5 of Jack and Jill Marathon Training. I talked about on Thursday how I thought a lot of the symptoms were that of extensor tendonitis, but now I’ve realized it’s more likely an ankle sprain, that I dumbly made worse after it happened by running. I’m not 100% certain, but it all makes sense now. I have an appointment today that will hopefully figure out exactly what happened. And in the meanwhile? We went to the ocean!
A couple weeks ago, when Ryan and I hiked Greider Lakes, I slipped a few times over the wet rocky terrain. One slip caused my feet to fly out from underneath me and I landed on my butt. Ryan was convinced I sprained my ankle, but I was in denial about that and swore I felt fine (minus, you know, everything hurting from falling).
Often the simplest answer is the solution. Even thought I was in denial that no, I didn’t cause a running injury by something as simple as slipping, rolling an ankle, and running on it before the pain fully set in, it makes sense when I think about it. But my stubborn brain looks for something with a solution easier than just rest and wait, like wondering if my shoes caused it, overtraining caused it, not just that it was an accident and I need to let it heal.
The pain near the top of my foot (by my ankle and then radiating back along the heel and then along the top and side) that popped up the next day does appear to match the pain that a sprain on the ankle could cause, and I thought of every cause other than a sprained ankle. Although I’m still now tempted to try new running shoes, even if extensor tendonitis isn’t the issue, but shoe obsession is just a straight up runner problem, regardless of injury status.
The great irony of it all is that my denial about spraining my ankle, because I feared sprained ankle would mean not running, ended up setting back my marathon training.
Ryan sprained his ankle about 4 weeks ago when we hiked Mount Washington, and when I was describing in depth how and where my foot hurt this week, we realized that my symptoms were nearly identical to his (Ryan, smartly, recognized his ankle sprain when it happened and took that week off of running).
I’m extremely hopeful that I can resume running this week. I’m now at week 6 of marathon training (T-11 weeks to race day), and very hopeful that I can jump back into training with no significant loss of fitness. If worse comes to worse, I will see if I can drop down to the half marathon.
Jack and Jill Marathon Training Week 5
Monday: 5 miles, 8:18/mile average pace.
I went at a pace that felt both aerobically easy and comfortable for my foot (slower quickly felt more discomfort) but by mile 5 I was feeling pain in a spot on my right foot where my foot and ankle meet and tightness in my left calf and shin (from favoring my left foot too much), so I called it quits on what I planned on being an easy 8 mile run.
Meanwhile, poor Ryan has been the best support, even with how restless I get when I can’t run. We both know that injuries can and do happen when you run, hike, and spent hours per week on your feet, but there’s a difference between that knowledge and actually enduring it.
Tuesday: AM: 60 minutes/7.2 miles on the elliptical, PM: 25 minutes Pilates
Since I can’t run, I figure an hour on the elliptical is the best substitution for now. In the long-term, such a strategy won’t work for marathon training (because no way am I doing 20 milers on the elliptical), but it will at least maintain my VO2max and aerobic fitness for the meantime.
Wednesday: AM: 60 minutes/7.3 miles on the elliptical, PM: 30 minutes strength training
Using the elliptical is similar to running in the sense that the first 20 minutes feel like a slog as you warm up, and then the remainder of the workout flies by.
Thursday: 30 minutes Pilates
Friday: 60 minutes/7.6 miles on the elliptical
I finally felt like I truly got the hang of the elliptical today. It’s a simple machine, but to push as hard as I prefer on it I feel it takes some coordination and practice. I wasn’t about to do long run on the elliptical, since 60 minutes is my current mental limit on that machine, so I just settled for something being better than nothing.
Saturday: 2.5 miles walking
Instead of hiking, we left bright and early to see the Pacific Ocean! The coast of the Olympic Peninsula is a 4 hour drive from where we live, including a ferry ride across the Puget sound, but the entire trip through the Olympic Peninsula is breath-taking.
Despite the grey skies and chilly temperatures, the beach was perfect. I love how we live in a state where we can see the ocean, mountains, or beautiful river valleys within just a few hours!
We went to Ruby Beach and spent about an hour walking along the ocean. Charlie loved the water, although we only let him play off-leash for so long since he kept trying to drink salt water.
We had such a wonderful, fun time at the beach! California is way more booked for camping that we anticipated for Memorial Day weekend, so we’re probably just going to camp at the Olympic Peninsula instead.
Sunday: 45 minutes/6 miles on the elliptical
I wanted to run so badly, but I opted to keep it up with the elliptical at least until after my podiatrist appointment tomorrow.
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