Long Run

Sunday I went on the last long run before the Malibu Half Marathon this Sunday!

Since then I have been compulsively checking the weather in Malibu for this Sunday:

Nearly perfect! I would prefer the high be 70, but I’ll take 74. The race starts at 8:30 and it will likely be considerably cooler, I would guess about 60. Should be great weather.

My last 10 miler was last Sunday morning. It went well. I pushed myself and ran the back half faster than the first half (it was also up hill). My hips were really tight afterwords and I am having some heel pain. I’m 100% sure it is plantar fascitis. I had a brief running stint early in college where I developed it and I can feel it coming back in my left foot. I got heel cushions and I feel pretty confident that it will not impact me on Sunday. I have an idea of a pace I want to maintain but the point of this race isn’t running a pace, its finishing 13.1 miles. Times goals are for another time.

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The plan for this week is a lot of stretching, wearing comfortable shoes (wore heeled boots today, whoops), and get pumped for Sunday.  I went on a 4 mile run today which was pretty awesome. My noise wasn’t running as much as it has been and I felt really, really strong.

I am very excited for Sunday. Some may know about my not so secret desire to run a marathon. Obviously these distances require advanced planning and I have to consider my schedule and as a student, and what is possible in the foreseeable future. Obviously, a year from this Summer I will be taking the bar and who knows what will happen in my life after that. For now, lets just say I am looking forward to challenging myself in the future.

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4 thoughts on “Long Run

  1. Katherine,

    Though plantar fasciitis is best treated by rest, that probably isn’t an option for you given your upcoming half marathon. I would suggest rolling your foot on a tennis ball to stretch/massage the plantar fascia, taking care to stretch your calf muscles really well(off the edge of a stair, in a lunge, on a slantboard), and strengthening the small muscles of your foot. You can work on strengthening by picking up marbles or rice with your toes, or putting a towel flat on the floor in front of your foot and curling your toes to scrunch up the towel.

    Disclaimer: I’m not a PT(still a student for 10 more months!) and I haven’t examined you so I have no idea whether or not you actually have plantar fasciitis.

    Good luck!

    Kelly

    PS. I’m not sure why I haven’t commented before- I really enjoy reading your cooking/running chronicles!

  2. Golf ball! It works wonders for plantar fascitis. Simply put the ball on the ground, stand while holding something in front of you, and press your foot down into the ball and move it back and forth on the areas where you have the most pain. It helps to relax those hard to reach muscles so well.

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