My right foot is the one that was fractured, and it has been feeling great. The left one has been having some irritation this week, which I’ll explain more about later.
MondayI decided to do a progression run instead of speed work, because I’ve noticed speed work is pretty hard on my body. One warm up mile @ 8:35, then 7:30/7:23/7:18/7:09/6:59/ 6:39 – 7 miles total @ 7:22 avg. I followed this up with physical therapy exercises & an upper body lift. I woke up hungry, so had a Honey Stinger salted caramel waffle beforehand (different Honey Stinger product than what made me sick).
Wednesday – another progression/tempo: 8:33/7:30/7:23/7:18/7:12/6:58/6:39 for a total of 7 miles @ 7:23 avg, followed by physical therapy exercises and legs/glutes. Did this fasted because I wasn’t hungry when I woke up.
So like I said in the beginning, my left foot has had some irritation going on. It has just been in the ball of my foot. I went to active release therapy on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. It had been responding well to that.
We flew to Alaska on Thursday afternoon. I didn’t have the chance to ice my foot after ART on Thursday, and then both feet got pretty swollen on the flights there. The left foot has been pretty sore and I’m pretty worried about it. I decided to not even try to run while we are here in Alaska. I was hoping I’d get to, but it has been great to get outside on a couple hikes and walk around on a glacier.
I’ll let it rest and see how it feels. It’s a similar feeling to how my right foot felt leading up to the stress fracture diagnosis, so I have a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was having so much fun training for Chicago and tried so hard to prevent another injury. My left foot might have already been compromised prior to me figuring out what was up with my right foot.
In the meantime, I’m loving Alaska and being with John & his wonderful family. I’m hoping it will work out and be ok, but if it’s not – there is always another race.