In August of 2015 my Podiatrist looked at my X-Rays and confirmed I had a heel spur associated with Plantar Fasciitis. He prescribed me orthotics and other treatments (which I describe here). I asked him if I could run the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon I had scheduled in the following 6 weeks. He looked to the ceiling and wavered his head and hand back and forth – a sort of “maybe.” When I asked if I could run my Marathon that was 3 months away from his diagnosis, I got a hard “No.”
I ran the 1/2 Marathon, and to no surprise, I got my worst time ever. I wasn’t tired when I crossed the line. But I was sad. My foot hurt. I wondered if I would ever be able to run long distances again.
I spent the better part of the fall and winter on a bike. Lifting weights. Some days I would run, but my gosh, it was slow. I usually run about 7 races a year. After the flop at the half marathon I sat out of all my regular races to get to my final race of the year. My favorite, the Delaware Marathon.
I follow the Hal Higdon Marathon Training Plan. Based on my mileage, I went with the Advanced 1 option. Occasionally I would look over to the Intermediate 2, but stuck to the Advanced 1 as my guide. Using the Advanced 1 as my guide, here is what I actually ran the 18 weeks leading up to the Marathon:
Week M T W R F Sa Su
|1||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 x hill||Rest||5 m pace||10|
|2||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||7 m run||Rest||5 m run||11|
|3||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||Rest||7 m run||10|
|4||5 m intervals||10 m run||5 m run||4 x hill||Rest||5 m run||12|
|5||5 m run||7 m run||5 m run||45 tempo||Rest||7 m run||14|
|6||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||Rest||10 m run||12|
|7||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||7 m run||10 m pace||13|
|8||3 m run||5 m run||5 m run||40 tempo||7 m run||10 m run||5|
|9||10 m run||8 m run||5 m run||10 m run||7 m run||19||Rest|
|10||10 m run||11 m run||5 m run||10 m run||7 m run||15||Rest|
|11||10 m run||8 m tempo||5 m run||45 tempo||18 m run||Rest||8|
|12||7 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||15 m run||5 m run|
|13||10 m run||5 m run||5 m run||5 m run||20 m run||Rest||5 m run|
|14||5 m run||6 m run||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||12 m run||5 m run|
|15||5 m run||5 m run||8 m run||5 m run||22 m run||Rest||5 m run|
|16||5 m Intervals||6 m run||5 m run||5 x hill||12 m run||0||6 m run|
|17||5 m run||3 m run||8 m run||10 m run||0 m run||8||12|
|18||3 m run||4 x 400||4 m run||Rest||Rest||2 m run||Marathon|
To get through the training I required a lot of stretching and Ice. I wore the best shoes for me and I felt the best relief when I slept in the boot. I got to the marathon and I got through!
I had never gone over 2 hours in a half before, but with my spur I hit 2:10. In the marathon my 1/2 split time was 1:56. So I felt redeemed. By mile 21 though, my heel was on fire. I was forced to stop and stretch. My left foot became my boat, my right toe was my paddle. I got through the marathon, but was still in pain.
I’m resting and beginning my attack plan for my fall races. I am preparing for a 1/2 marathon in September, and a full marathon in November. Training now? Kind of. Just running. I got an easy 5 in yesterday and a solid 10 in today. All is well in foot world. But as I look ahead, I took this moment to look behind to see what I am preparing for. And you know what? I CAN’T WAIT!!