Sunday: 7 miles @ 10:57
Tuesday: 8 miles including 6 miles @ 9:41 pace (goal 9:55); I love me my Tuesday runs! Afterwards went with Boyfriend for a fairly hilly 3.5 mile hike in Muir Woods.
Wednesday: 5 miles @ 10:49; Was thinking of running 6 but with the hiking the day before decided to cut back a tad. Was definitely feeling more tired than normal towards the end.
Friday: 18 miles @ 11:09 (17th mile @ 10:40 & 18th mile @ 10:15 -- more because I was ready for it to be done with than because I was feeling especially good). Did not feel as good as I had the week before. I used my Nathan belt for the first time. It worked pretty well, but I think I prefer the handheld bottle I usually use. There were a few times I wanted to take a quick sip but was too lazy to reach around to my back to get the bottle out. Before my Nathan belt I had a 4 bottle Fuel Belt (my model is much older than this one). Usually I would rotate the bottles so the one I was using was in the front right position. Very easy to get out. Since I got a 2 bottle Nathan I don't have that option. My Fuel Belt is c. 2004 and lacks any good pouches, so I am pleased the Nathan belt can also hold my bloks and even camera.
Overall, I feel like this is the week my body has gotten used to this running schedule. I am sort of digging this 4 days a week running thing. Lately I've been doing marathon plans that had you running 5 days a week. I have a feeling that the extra day off is what my shin needs to stay in the game. The mileage in this plan is still pretty high, just spread over less days. Will see how it goes and may have to modify my training in the future.
I would like to introduce the Most Valuable Player of this past week, Mr. Tennis Ball. This whole foot thing has me trying all sorts of remedies. I remembered reading how people with plantar fasciitis roll their feet on tennis balls. Wouldn't you know I have two canisters of tennis balls in my hall closet from a short tennis stint in college (when I say "short tennis stint" I mean "me and my friends went down to the campus courts twice to hit and chase the balls around")!
I rolled my left foot and it was actually a little painful. Rolled my right and it felt like a nice massage. There was definitely an asymmetry between Good Foot and Bad Foot. So I rolled Bad Foot whenever I could. By day 3 rolling was less painful. I'm not going to say that my foot has magically healed, but this week I had pain free runs Sun, Tue, & Wed. That is a streak! The foot was a little sore after the 18 miler but honestly my right foot hurt, too. What do you expect after 18 miles? So still no bill of health on the foot, but it is thankfully hanging in like a champ.
I have tennis balls all over the apartment by places I frequently sit.
Even left one at work!