My Training Log Week January 23rd- I hope I will be able to run this marathon

My Training Log Week January 23rd- I hope I will be able to run this marathon

Somehow I’m still rolling with the punches in terms of foot pain. I saw a podiatrist a few days ago. The inflammation in my foot is pretty bad and needless to say he recommended that running a marathon will only make my pain worse. I kind of knew what he was going to say before I even saw him. It only makes sense. Somehow in my stubborn running mind I’m still trying to make this training work. Somehow.

He recommended I should only run as long as my foot is not in pain, which is sometimes the 3 mile mark and sometimes, when I’m lucky, it’s the 7 mile mark. Obviously I need to cover longer miles during marathon training, but as of last week, I wasn’t able to.

The good news is that there is a chance that metatarsal foot pain will just heal with adequate rest, icing and anti-inflammatories.  I honestly can’t stomach anti-inflammatories, even something as weak as Advil or Motrin causes my system to rebel. Yes, it make my foot better, but my system feels terrible from the side-effects.

I skipped my 20 Miler this weekend, as well. I was scared that the pain or injury will get so bad that my running might come to a complete stand-still. That just alone is an indication that most likely I will have to move this marathon to next year. In a way it hurts when I think about all the long runs I have run in this training so far…

So yes, there is a good chance that I might not be able to run this marathon in 5 weeks from now. I didn’t want to admit it to myself, but I also need to be realistic at some point. Just running a marathon isn’t the only goal, I need to finish healthy so I can keep running. The thought of me not being able to run at all due to a severe injury is just scarring me too much.

This weekend I have been stocking up on turmeric supplements again,  which have helped me in the past with overall inflammation issues from long-distance running. I hope in a few days it will help the inflammation in my metatarsal joints.

I somewhat was able to log in some miles anyway. I didn’t add any speed and took it really easy in order not to stress my foot even more.

We  had a tornado in our area and as you can see on the pics it hit our neighborhood pretty bad. Lots of clean-up going on… Mother nature is powerful!

My Training Log Week January 23rd- I hope I will be able to run this marathon


My Training Log Week January 23rd- I hope I will be able to run this marathon

Here is my running log:

(all my runs have been around a 9:15 and 10:00 pace – at this point, adding any speed makes my foot feel worse)

Monday: 6 miles around my neighborhood.

Tuesday: No Running

Wednesday: 3 miles

Thursday: 7 Miles

Friday: No Running

Saturday: 7 Miles

Total Weekly Mileage: 23 Miles

Since Friday the temps have cooled down here in Palm Beach. It’s in the 50s during the morning and evening hours. The air hasn’t felt this good for running here in Palm Beach in over a year – it’s pure running  bliss!


How was your training week?





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  1. Ilka, I’m so sorry your foot is still giving you so much pain. You are tough running through that. I know how much you want to run this marathon, just be careful. My husband swears by coconut water and oil daily for reduction of inflammation.

  2. Oh man!!!! I’m so sorry you are dealing with this. I’m sure it’s SUCH a mental block!

  3. oh no! So sorry to hear that your foot is not getting any better. My PF has flared up a bit it’s so annoying. Feet are the worst injury and I know you don’t like to sit still either!

  4. I hope your foot heals up fast!!! I can’t believe you are still training though So much dedication! You’re the example of just going for it! get it girl!! Your weekly mileage is insane! way to go!

  5. Oh no! I’m so sorry about your foot – I’m in a very similar boat and I’m concerned about my current training. I’m crossing my fingers for you!

  6. I’m sorry to hear about your foot and I hope the tumeric and resting helps a bit!! Also, I hope everyone is OK in your community!!

  7. So sorry to hear about your foot. Hope all you are doing for it will help soon!

  8. That has to be a very disappointing fact to come to terms with, but you are so right to be thinking bout long term, rather than just the one race. Good luck.

  9. Oh, I really really hope your foot heals Ilka! I hope you are able to run your marathon without any/minimal pain!

  10. Sorry to hear about your foot pain! I had a similar issue and a wider toe box shoe helped. Hope it goes away soon!

  11. I’m sorry you’re still dealing with the foot pain. I hope the turmeric helps, it’s helped me a lot with inflammation. I know you may have already tried it or it might not be an option in this case but have you tried magnesium oil? I use the spray and that seems to help me a lot. Hoping you feel better soon.

  12. Oh no! At least you have guidance on your injury and can make a plan to move forward and try to rehab it healthfully. Good luck! I’ve heard tumeric supplements are pretty powerful — in the past how long have you needed before you saw an impact from them on your inflammation?

  13. I understand the struggle. All that work to maybe not be able to run. But looking at the big picture, it’s better to be able to run the marathon next time and not at all. Good luck to you and hope your foot heals quickly.

  14. That’s perfect running temps! Glad you’re listening to your body and not going too hard.

  15. Runners tend to be a stubborn group. Listen to your body. There will always be another marathon. Easier said than done.

  16. Oh Ilka! I’m so sorry! What a bummer. I hope somehow it gets better for you and you can still go!

  17. Oh Ilka I’m so sorry. I totally understand how difficult this is. It’s SO hard to let go of a marathon especially after you’ve already put in so much training. I think postponing would be the wise (but very difficult) choice. Can you take your runs to the pool so your foot has total rest for awhile? That has worked well for me in the past. Yikes on the tornado. So scary and I hope everyone is safe.

  18. Oh no I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. That’s the worst! Hope you feel better soon!

  19. I’m sorry to hear that your stress fracture is so serious and that you may not be able to run your marathon. Continue to take care of yourself!!

    And wow, the tornado looks scary! Glad you and your family were safe.

  20. Oh wow. I hope your foot is feeling better for you soon!
    And those tornados! Ugh. That’s no fun! Be safe!

  21. Ilka, I feel your pain. Literally, figuratively…trust me. Giving up a marathon is so hard to do. I hope and pray your pain goes away so you don’t have to do that. It doesn’t sound like your podiatrist thought it was a stress fracture — which is good news. That’s no fun. Hang in there. Whatever this is will pass. Thankfully, bodies do heal. It just requires patience on our part. Thanks for linking!

  22. So frustrated for you! I’m really sorry, Ilka, and I’m also sorry that I’m getting to this post just now! I ran my first marathon without doing a legitimate long run 6 weeks before my marathon, but the foot is a bit different. Could you put it in a boot for 2 weeks with cross training (like bike or elliptical), then interval running for a week (to get everything moving again) and then run the last two weeks before the marathon?
    Hoping that you are going to be able to fight through!

  23. Oh no!! Injuries are so discouraging. You’re definitely smart to skip the 20… I hope things heal up in time! And if not, the training is not for nothing… you’re fitter and stronger for getting in the miles that you did, and that will give you a really solid base going into the next one.

  24. Somehow I missed this last week, Ilka. I’m so sorry. I’ve dealt with various little pains over the years, but nothing quite so major. I’ll send you some healing vibes and hope that you are able to either run your marathon or come back stronger.

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