OBX Marathon Training: Week 19

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As I write this we are ONE WEEK away from 26.2! I cannot believe it! I had a mini panic attack this week when I had some strange foot pain that had me googling “stress fracture,” but it feels better after I cut back and skipped a run to rest it a bit. More details below!

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Monday: Rest.

Tuesday: 3 miles in 29:06 (9:42 pace). I did an easy 3 miles on this morning. I don’t know if it’s the taper making me crazy or what but the top of my left foot started hurting after my long run on Sunday. It felt tender when I touched it and was sore to walk on. It also hurt to wiggle my toes. I tried to stay calm and not do too much googling because everything I read said metatarsal stress fracture. Not good! And of course it’s right after my knee stopped hurting. It’s always something!

Wednesday: Rest. I switched today’s run with Thursdays rest day because I was worried about my foot.

Thursday: 4 miles in 37:32 (9:22 pace). My foot felt okay during this 4 mile run, but it did hurt afterwards. This was supposed to a tempo run, but I was afraid to put too much stress on my foot. Besides, I feel like my long run last weekend and the one I will do this weekend are both tempo runs since I am supposed to run them at marathon pace. I really don’t see the need to do two days of speedwork this close to the race.

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Saturday: Rest. My foot didn’t hurt at all this day so I could tell the rest was working. I was curious to see how it would hold up for my long run the next day.

Sunday: 10 miles in 1:30:48 (9:04 pace). My last long run is in the books. I ran 10 miles and really focused on enjoying myself. It helped that I didn’t have any foot pain! While running I thought back through my training- the difficult hot summer long runs, the early mornings and 4 a.m. wake up calls, the fall and the knee injury that came as a result, the great runs with Amanda, my amazing supportive husband, the fact that this time last year I was just getting back into running after having my baby. I have come a long way and been through so much, and now it is time to CELEBRATE it all! I will also be celebrating running on a flat course… ready to get away from all these hills! (see below picture- it didn’t come out very well but it was a HUGE hill!)

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Week 19 Total:

  • Run: 17 miles
  • X-Train & Strength Training: None. Excited to get back into it after my marathon though!

Even though I didn’t have any foot pain during my long run, it slowly came back over the course of the day. It’s not as bad as it was but it’s definitely still there. I iced it and am going to take it very easy this week just to be on the safe side. I don’t know what it is but since it comes and goes and was fine DURING my long run, I don’t think it’s a stress fracture. From what I’ve read the pain gets worse with activity if it is a stress fracture. However, I don’t know how it would feel to run another 16.2 miles on it. It is also not swollen or bruised. I’m a little worried but keep reminding myself that my goal for this marathon is to enjoy it and not worry about time. Only one week to go!

Thought for the week…



2 responses to “OBX Marathon Training: Week 19

  1. You describing your foot pain made me wonder if perhaps you are tying your shoes too tight? I hope your last week of training goes well. I can’t believe that you are this close!

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