Last night I headed over to my regular Tuesday group run. And no this run is not usually "supported" but last night was a different kind of unsupported run. I got dressed at work and realized I had forgotten a key piece of gear. Yep that's right, shook out my bag and found... no sports bra inside. This especially made me mad because normally I have 2 or 3 backups of every piece of running gear I own either in my bag or in the trunk, but last night I did not.
So I decided to head to the run anyways. I mean how bad could it be right?
We'll leave it at that.
On other bad notes. By the end of the workout my right foot was in severe pain. It finally snowed last night and the snow was making the path pretty slippery so the only thing I can figure is that my foot was sliding in a way it normally doesn't and it didn't like it one bit. After the first 6 miles the guys wanted to tackle another 2 but I didn't think my foot was up for it. So A and I hit the real trail which I thought would feel better on my foot, plus I had my headlamp so it would be my first time trying it out on a trail. Yeah, it made my foot feel worse. It felt like my arch was going to rip in half. Not good, not good at all.
So I have been icing and taking ibuprofen. Woke up this morning and it still hurts when I walk on it. The only way I can relieve the pain is to sit still or to walk on tip toe. Lovely.
The plan was for marathon training to start next Monday. Early sign up fee rises for the pig on January 19th. I am giving my foot a few days off and if need be until the 17th to make a decision on the race.
Stats from last night weren't much better than the rest of the mess of a run.
2 miles: 19:34
2 miles: 18:29
800 meters (up hill): 3:36
800 meters: 3:34
800 meters (snow directly in face high winds): 3:40
800 meters (down hill): 3:19
5 minute cool down on the trail
So if my foot decides to miraculously heal then I will have my work cut out for me next week. Tuesdays tempo run calls for 2 miles easy, 2 miles at 7:04 pace, and a 2 mile cool down. Yeah 7:04. So my thought is that (if I am healthy) each week I will aim for the goal pace and see how close I get. I have my doubts that I can run 2 miles at 7:04 pace right now, but hopefully I will be closer than I think I am.
On a good note, at least the actual winter weather is finally here! It was beginning to feel ridiculous wearing t shirts and shorts for runs in December and January!