Overall my running has still been going well…however the past two long runs haven’t been my best. Last week I decided to skip my long run on Saturday because it was cold and quite windy. It wasn’t as cold as when I ran ten miles and came home with ice on my ponytail and my water bottles frozen but I believe it was a lot windier and Sunday was going to be warmer and sunny so decided to wait a day. I felt pretty good starting out Sunday morning but my left leg was a little tight so I decided to stop and get on the sidewalk to stretch at about 4 miles into the 12 mile run. (I run in the street except during a few parts of my run.) I stretched for a minute or two then decided to take off so I didn’t start getting tight from the cold. If I get on the sidewalk to stretch or something I usually just run on the sidewalk until a driveway and run back down to the street. I started doing my usual thing but I guess I missed that the sidewalk was fairly uneven and caught my left foot and went down. I ended up bruising both knees, scraping my right knee pretty well and jamming my shoulder a bit. If I was in one of my races I would have kept going and just ran through the pain but it had been a bad week (which I will discuss in my next post) and I was just mentally defeated. I decided to call it and day and just get a ride home from my mom. The rest of the day I felt kind of like I had been beaten up so I was wasn’t in the greatest mood. Luckily my shoulder felt fine the next day and just have been dealing with the bruised and scrapped up knees since. They don’t hurt while running but man if you hit them on something it is not a fun feeling.
Since I didn’t finish my 12 miles last weekend I felt more of a push to fit in 12 or 13 miles today. The run went well even though the GPS in my phone was messed up again. I know my route well enough that I could estimate pretty well how far I needed to go but I still missed the GPS to help with my pace. I had worn my Ironman watch to help me get use to tracking time that way for my races so was able to go off of that to help figure out my pace. The run went well until about 10.5 miles when I started to feel “blister pain” on my right arch. I stopped to tighten my shoe and that did help some but it started to come back. I decided to call it a day so if it was a blister it didn’t get any worse so ended up only getting in just under 12 miles. I got home and sure enough a small blister had started forming. Hopefully it will go away soon and won’t be an issue. I switched to Asics from New Balance shoes about two months ago and now I am considering I might need to go back. It was Asics shoes that gave me my arch blisters about two years ago so might need to go back to New Balance.
Hoping the this coming week’s runs will be better and I will post again soon about some of the MS stuff I have been going through lately. Just too much to go in one post. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!