After my 20 Miler last Sunday I thought I pretty much have this training cycle under control, but sure enough, whenever you think that way,life has different plans.Me and my son John got sick with the nasty Novo-Virus. Anybody who ever had this intense stomach bug knows how awful and painful it is.
Needless to say my running came to a standstill. I honestly didn’t even care while I was battling this virus. First it was John on Monday, and sure enough by Wednesday I caught it, too. Luckily my younger son David was okay, so was Jim.
When I finally felt okay enough to start running again at the end of the week, my foot pain I had battled last year was coming back. I had to stop both runs at the 3 and 4 mile mark only to limb home. My right foot is pretty flat, so is the ball of that foot. Therefore I tend to hit the bones underneath my toes on my right foot too much, which results in excruciating pain. I got a hold of it last year, with the right type of padding from my foot doctor, but since I was fine and pain-free I neglected to get new padded insoles after my old ones caved…
At first I went to the shoe store to get new running shoes, because I thought the shoes were the problem. The local didn’t have my favorite Hokas, and to order them online would take a few days, so I purchased the Asics Evolution 6 . This running shoe has great gel padding for longer runs on the pavement.
It turned out the shoes weren’t the problem. I still had the same pain running with the new shoes as well. So I took another trip to the store to get under foot padding. Hopefully in the next few days my foot will respond to it and the pain will leave. I’m still happy with the new shoes though.
Here is a nice collection of all the different padding I use to protect the ball of my foot. It’s a pretty intense pain which eventually leads to Plantar Fasciitis. These 2 combined make running impossible. The right kind of shoe padding is so important for long distance running.
Here is how I rolled and not-rolled this week:
Monday: 3 mile recovery walk. The before I ran 20 miles. Instead of taking the day off running entirely this new training plans calls for low-impact aerobic exercise the day after a long run, such as swimming, walking or cycling. I opted for a nice walk, even though I really want to get my swimming back on.
Tuesday: My son John got sick late during the night with the Novo-Virus and running was the last thing on my mind.
Wednesday: Sure enough, by Wednesday morning I was sick, too.
Thursday: I was still super sick and super weak from the day before, and unable to eat pretty much anything. Yup, no running. I went to Whole Foods for some stronger probiotics and by the next day we started to feel better.
Friday: I attempted to go for a run. I stopped somewhere around 4 miles. The balm of my foot and the bottom of my toes were in severe pain. I wasn’t able to run another step. I limped back home and drove to the show store for new shoes.
Saturday: I was rainy and stormy, so I opted for a treadmill run at the gym and 1000 m of rowing. 6 miles done.
Sunday: 4 miles at Dwyer Park, plus my usual after-run routine in the park.
I saw my first 6 foot alligator laying right in front of me at the banks after I took these pics.
It was such a surreal moment. It was actually quite cold on Sunday and I was just about to ask Jim, whether there are alligators when it’s that cold, when my little son said “Daddy, I think that’s an alligator right there!”. It sure was. There was enough distance between us and the gator but it was super scary, especially for a New York City slicker like me:) I was too scared to waste any time on taking pictures…
Total miles for this week: 13 miles A big difference from the weeks before, but that’s what it is when you get sick.