A New Plan

My recent injury has caused me to re-evaluate my marathon training plan.  Thought I’d share some of my adjusted plans as I move through (active) recovery.

  1. I’ve made an appointment with a podiatrist.  Last year, when I was recovering from shin splints, my sports medicine doctor recommended that I see one.  Fast forward 12 months and I’ve not followed up on his recommendation.  I have bunions that could be connected to my current foot problem.  I also had a father who suffered constant foot problems, especially in his later years.  I hope to get a diagnosis, aka an answer to the question “What the hell is exactly wrong with my foot?”  I may also look in to custom orthotics if the doc says they’re necessary.
  2. Shopped for new shoes.  I initially bought the new version of my Asics gels, padded around the house in them and decided I hated them.  Something changed in this newest generation and I don’t like it.  So back to Achille’s Running Shop for something different.  Decided on these funky looking Mizuno’s which I am loving.
  3. I’m working on my form.  I have a bad habit of developing Tyrannosaurus Rex arms as I near the end of my runs……..it’s ugly and I have the race photos to prove it.  I’ll save myself the humility of sharing them though.  I’m trying to follow the advice from “Chi Running” by Danny Dreyer , which says to hold your hands at your sides “as if you are cupping butterflies.”  I’m also focusing on shortening my stride and keeping my head up, easier said then done in the lovely Northeast Ohio wind.
  4. I started flying solo again.  My brother-in-law Jon is a talented runner and has been generous enough to pick me up on Sunday mornings and pair up for our long runs.  My slow behind was holding him back, or at least I imagined it was.  I need to slow down on my long runs, take plenty of walk breaks and listen closely to my body.  That was too much to ask anyone else to put up with, so I Taylor Swift-ed him but am hopeful that once I’m healthier we can hit the trails together again.
  5. I’ve changed my training plan.  My original plan called for 3 shorter runs during the week, 2 days of cross training and a long run.  I swapped out the third week night run for a third session of cross training.  More yoga, less pounding the pavement.  My weeknight runs have also been moved to Tuesday and Thursday, matching up to the nights that Phil is home early from school and can man the fort.

So, that’s the plan for now.  I’m also working on adjusting my expectations for this race.  While I would’ve previously told you I was dreaming for sub-five numbers, I’ll now accept just crossing the finish line.  I’ve started following the pace teams for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Facebook and hope to connect to the 5:00 team as I work on my race day plan.

How are you?  How are your training plans going?  Have you ever had to make adjustments mid-training?

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8 thoughts on “A New Plan

  1. I wear the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8s and I absolutely love them. The fact that I have the orange and brown version (I call it the “Cleveland Browns Version”) is an added bonus. My buddy who does Ironmans in his sleep has wears them too. Haven’t tried the 9s yet (price tag is a bit prohibitive, especially when the 8s are $70ish at many stores) but I am curious to see what they’re like.

    If I can get a 4 miler in this Sunday I’ll feel great about where I am on my training plan. I’ve had to do TONS of re-arranging though during these first two weeks because of unexpected work commitments and weather. Thank goodness that I know that I am capable of running at least 7 miles or else I would be panicking about being so hit-or-miss with my training plan! That said, I don’t want to get too complacent and I look forward to more closely adhering to it in the future.

    I hope your foot feels better!

    • I’m glad to hear your training is going well Joe! I’ll tell you a terrible secret-while training for my first half marathon I never ran anything longer than 8 miles! Life got in the way and my longest long run before the race never hit 10, as was my goal. You’ll be surprised at what your body and mind can get you through on race day! :-)

  2. Nancy says:

    Hi Hess… Happy to hear you are making improvements with your injury and running. If you ever need a partner for a long run on the telepathy let me know – I’m slow 11/12 per mile. Also training for the full in May. Looking to log 12-14 this Saturday. As for shoes I am an Asics girl all the way. Cheers to your run game … N

  3. I run in the same shoes and absolutely love them!!! I tried others and always had foot and/or knee problems. I am a Mizuno girl all the way now. Best of luck with the rest of your training,and I hope you are back to normal soon :-)

    • I love them! I was wearing Mizunos way back when I first started running and am happy to be back to them. Thanks for the words of encouragement! I hope to be back on track soon or I’ll have to make alternate plans for the race. I don’t want to step down to the half, but it could happen depending on what the doctor says. Hope your training is going well!

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