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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Burn Out

There's a reason why you shouldn't run or workout every day. I realize that now. After running every day in March and hitting my all-time monthly mileage high of 91 miles, along with doing Insanity the entire month, I indeed burned out. I couldn't wait to have a rest day. My mind and body were utterly spent. So, what did I do? I rested. A lot. Too much. My running mileage for THIS month? A grand total of 30 miles. To say that I'm feeling unprepared for my half marathon on 5/5 is an understatement.

I did actually attempt the first week of Month 2 of Insanity. Longer workouts with some crazy moves. Dare I say, it was fun? But my body just couldn't take the pounding. Well, specifically, my right heel couldn't take the plyo. I never had an issue with my feet or knees or hips before. I guess all of the March activity was the perfect storm for something to go wrong. The pain is worse in the morning, so I kind of walk around like Frankenstein, not moving my ankle at all until everything has warmed up and loosened a bit. I decided I had had enough and went to my local running store.

The Sayville Running Company is only 20 minutes from my house. duh. When I stood on the footbalance analyzer my footprint looked like Fred Flintstone's. My arch is pretty non-existent. When I drew what it looked like, Charlie said, "So you have paws?" (Hysterical.) Surprise! I overpronate. The salesman brought out 3 different pairs of stability shoes- Brooks, Asics and Saucony. I tried them all on and decided on the Saucony Stabil CS 2. Why can't they be just a BIT more attractive? There are rainbow colored, tie-dyed shoes out there. None of them for me.

I took them for a couple short runs and they feel fine. Our long run on Sunday didn't go so well, though. I have a feeling that now that I have the right shoes, other parts of my legs are feeling the effects. I struggled with the same 7.5 miles I had run the week before, but pushed myself to run/walk another 1.5 miles to hit 9. We have 1 more long run tomorrow, hopefully 10 miles, before our half next week! Again, I'm not overly confident about this race. My high-falutin goal is to come in under 2:25. Right now, just beating my old time of 2:29:51 by 1 second would be an accomplishment. We shall see. I am looking forward to crossing the finish line with Charlie and sharing his first half with him, though.

So while I'm contending with this heel issue and feeling a bit worn down, what do I do? Why, enter the 2013 NYC Marathon lottery, of course! Isn't that what you do when you're struggling with a 9 mile run? Push the finish line just 17 miles further down the road?


  1. You rock!!! How exciting to enter the lottery. I'll be waiting to hear the news!

    You'll do great next week. :)

    1. I just wonder what will happen if only one of us get in! Jen of From Fat To Finish (the blog and our documentary) threw her hat in the ring again this year. I would love to run the marathon with her!

  2. I would love to run with you too! Even though I'm not convinced I actually want to run a full marathon I figure if I get in, it's fate, if I don't, I'm off the hook for another year ;-)

    i'm a flintstone overpronator too. I agree I would love a sleek, hip 'neutral' or minimalist shoe instead of the clunkers we get stuck with. Oh well.

    And talking about being scared shitless about a race - I ran one "long run" on April 7th and that topped 6 miles. I'm so screwed next week but I'm too cheap to not do it!! Ha. I'll be thinking of you while I'm out there. I'm sure you'll be great.

  3. I have been struggling with plantar fasciitis since Nov and it really sucks! Good luck with your half marathon! its on cinco de mayo so you can celebrate with margaritas after!

  4. Wow, 91 miles!! Congrats on entering the lotto and you will do amazing this coming weekend!!

  5. Good luck on the lottery, hope you get in! You are making me want to try.... Good luck with the new shoes, too. I'm an overpronater with low arches as well, and was in similar shoes. I ended up with a series of injuries and my physical therapist had me try barefoot style running- it has been the best thing I've tried in my fitness career. It got me out of over striding and heel striking- which caused my injuries. Just some food for thought if the shoes don't work for you.