“We must cut our coat according to our cloth, and adapt ourselves to changing circumstances”
W. R. Inge
25K fail! - moving on to Plan B.
Here's what's happening. First of all, I went back to the gym on Thursday and did another barefoot 7K. You'd think that having transitioned to minimalist shoes, running barefoot would not be much different. But, trust me, there's a difference. My knee felt better when I ran barefoot, but I started feeling some pain on the ball of my left foot. I may have been overly cautious with the right knee and stepping down harder on the left foot. Who knows. So I stopped, but I guess 15K in two days was too much barefoot running for these virginal feet.
MUST LEARN TO TAKE MY TIME!
So, I took two days off and hoped for the best. Then, today, as I started my supposed-to-be-long run (with shoes), the ball of my left foot felt very crampy and before long, my knee started giving me grief. Yes, I shed a few tears, but now I'm ready to adapt to this situation.
The KNEE: It had been doing so well and improving at an excellent rate. I ran a nice 18.8K two weeks ago and there was no pain. It went great. Then, I went and "raced" my half-marathon last week and my knee was like, "What the? Why so few walk breaks? What's with the last 3K being the fastest you've practically ever run?" ...sigh. I got carried away and ended up finishing my half-marathon two minutes faster than the 18.8K I'd done the week before. Yes, I sort of regret it...but, I had such a great time and felt so good...sigh.
Now, I'm paying for it big time and my knee is like..."Hey, lady, you didn't listen when I yelled...now, back to the beginning you go." And my foot is like, "And don't make us pay for the knee, take it slow if you want our help."
ALRIGHT! I hear you both...so no marathon for me on October 24th...although, I do think I'll be able to do the half.
PLAN B: I'm working out the logistics, but I'm going to register for a marathon in February, 2011. Here are my three choices, if you have an opinion, please let me know. First choice is the 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville, Florida on February 13th. Second choice is The Fort Lauderdale A1A marathon on February 27th. Third choice is the Hyannis marathon in Massachusetts on February 27th. All three have something that would make it interesting for me...what do you think?
TRAINING PLAN (for now): I'm taking a full week off of running. Only eliptical, bike, and my gym workouts. Then I will take it very slowly. I definitely plan on building gradually towards running one of my weekly runs barefoot on the treadmill (which, I will be buying next week :)). My outdoor runs will also be very gradually increased. Hopefully, by starting over and doing what Joseph, my PT, taught me, I'll get back to where I was and then keep improving. If I don't start seeing significant improvement over the next two weeks, I already have a referral for an x-ray and an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. Will keep you posted, as usual.
Can't wait to read all your race reports!