2.25.2006

Practice EVERYTHING you preach

That was one of my problems. I didn't. In my book, Rule #1 in marathon training is don't change anything once your training is in full swing (~ ten weeks). Follow the training schedule. Don't change shoes. Don't introduce weird food into your diet. Don't paint the house/lay sod/go ice skating three weeks before the race, etc. Well I was very conscientious in that regard but now as I continue to diagnose my left side problem I remember a few more things I DID change. I mentioned earlier that I unlaced one hole in my shoes. I also tightened the laces a little more around my foot. I am thinking that is what made my foot hurt. The metatarsals were too cramped in my shoe and causing aggravating injury to muscles. I also stopped eating yogurt about four weeks before the race which was my main source of calcium after I switched from a high calcium multi-vitamin to a different one with only 20% daily requirement. At the time I made those decisions it did not register with me that they would have adverse effects.
It's always something. And the farther you run the more the little somethings become big somethings. And the next thing you know, it's a problem.
Oh, and it was winter time so I was off my diet of ice cream cones.

Today I followed Runner Susan's advice and ran easily. And short. I did just 3 miles at just under 10 minute pace. Very easy. And nothing hurts at all. That was satisfying.
Gosh; that's twice this week I've gone for a run. I must be coming back folks.

9 comments:

susie said...

Coming back is a good thing! I know about analyzing. I am trying to figure out why this morning's run (outside) was so good--first mile at 11 but last mile at 8:30. Was it the extra hydration this week? Rolling on foam every morning? The chicken lettuce wraps for dinner? Of course, now I'm ready to eat those every night, if that's the key:)

Rae said...

Excellent job!!! Have you picked a second marathon yet? I know there were a few you were considering but I wasn't sure if you had made any plans yet for the rest of the year.

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

The big question is, did ya get back on the ice cream cone diet? :)

Glad to see you back at it, David. Ditto what Rae said. Next race?

christine said...

"the more you run the little somethings become big somethings"....Amen brother!
No 10 words spoken could be more true.

Lara said...

*sigh* Why does it have to be so complicated? I know I'm at the point where I spend way more time analyzing running then actually running. Somehow, that's not as satisfying.

the three miler said...

he likes me, he really, really likes me!

april anne said...

It sounds like Runner Susan had wise advice. Keep it up! :)

Mia Goddess said...

I totally am with you on the tight shoe laces. When E bought me new shoes, they felt GREAT... for about ten minutes. Then I noticed pretty intense pains on the tops of my feet ~ right where the laces were. I exchanged them for a wide and never looked back. Also, when I see you, I will buy you an ice cream cone because I am also in the same place about slowing down and actually enjoying running again. Go slow to go fast, that's what they say. :)

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Whatta ya mean ya can't change things mid training. I disagree...lol. But then what do I know.

I always thought training runs were good for experimenting on what to eat, when to eat, what to wear, etc. Now come race day, that's a whole different story.