Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon – Marathon Training and Novo-Virus

Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon – Marathon Training and Novo-Virus

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.


Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon - Week January 2nd

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.


Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon - Week January 2nd

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…


Training for the Treasure Coast Marathon - Marathon Training and Novo-Virus


Total miles for this week: 13 miles A big difference from the weeks before, but that’s what it is when you get sick.


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  1. Being sick like that is simply the worst. That happened to my family two years ago and it was horrible. Hope your foot pain goes away fast.

  2. ooh that stomach virus was going around here as well! It’s a nasty one hope you are all feeling better this week

  3. Hope your family is feeling better soon and your feet start to feel better with the padding. Way to roll with the flow and not push it too hard, sometimes that is a lot harder to do than it seems.

  4. eeek! I hope everyone is doing okay! It sucks to be sick during training season ):

  5. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do it totally almost knocks me out. I’m glad you’re rallying back. Hope the foot feels better!

  6. Gah, sorry you guys got hit. Yuck. Glad you’re feeling better!

  7. I don’t know which would be worse-seeing the gator or having norovirus. That norovirus is nasty. Every time I see a kid in the office with the stomach flu, I bleach my stethoscope and scrub my hands. I don’t want to get that bug! Been there, done that…

    Glad you are feeling better.

  8. Oh I am so sorry you and your son got so sick. Hope y’all are feeling better. I have caught my kids’ viruses over the years. It’s hard to bounce back from those. I hope your foot pain gets better! Have a great week!

  9. I’m glad you are feeling better! My son and I both had that while we were at Disney!! It was such a bummer as we were laid up in bed for 2 days of our trip.

    • Oh my goodness Angela! Yes, that’s the same week we had it as well! Can’t believe you had it while visiting Disney!! Hope you’re feeling better by now.

  10. Well, we see gators all the time here in Florida, but I can totally see being freaked out if you’re not used to it.

    That stomach bug has been making the rounds. Mr PugRunner had food poisoning two weeks ago and I thought he had gotten the bug. You should have seen me scrubbing everything down with Lysol like a maniac (until I realized it was just something he ate). I hope you guys are feeling better. It can take some time to get back to right after that.

  11. Ugh, a stomach virus and foot issues? That’s not a good way to start the year! Hopefully this week is better already.

  12. I just hate when you’re rocking everything out and you get sidelined by illness. And stomach bugs are the worst. Glad to hear at least that’s better.

    Shudders at the thought of seeing a gator on the run. Or anywhere out in the open, actually!

  13. Glad to hear you and your son are feeling better now! Re: plantar fasciitis – I struggled with that for years and tried every over-the-counter insole out there. But then last year I finally got some custom orthotics made from the podiatrist. They were pricey but it’s been amazing. I wish I had done it years ago! I’ll never be without them again.

  14. love your shoes! Keep up the hard work!

  15. Four miles the day back to running after being super sick? Way to go Ilka! You’re amazing!

  16. So how many marathons are you planning on doing this year?!

  17. A stomach bug is the worst – I hope you and your family are feeling better!

  18. Glad that you’re feeling better! I love how you are always smiling in your post run photos. They are inspiring! XOXO

  19. Stomach viruses are terrible, glad you are better. Now that I have been in Florida for 18 months (NYer here too) I am used to seeing gators and usually stop to take pics.

  20. Ouch! I got a stomach virus or food poisoning in December for the first time, so I can sympathize with you!! I’m sorry to hear you had to go through that! (They cancelled school today at a HS in the outer Chicago burbs due to too many students having a stomach virus.). Good luck as you wrap up the next few weeks until the marathon!!

  21. OMG I can only imagine seeing an alligator on my run!! That’s crazy!

  22. I am sorry you have been dealing with foot pain? Could it be tendonitis? I once had peroneal tendonitis and I had horrible pain that was on the outer edge of my foot and the ball of my foot. I hope you figure it out!

  23. Uggghhhh, I had that stomach bug a few weeks ago and it was MISERABLE. I don’t think I’ve ever valued my health more than when it was finally done. Glad you are feeling better.

  24. I’m recovering from some kind of stomach virus now. It’s not fun. I don’t think I’d be running that route again if I saw an alligator! YIKES!

    • Stomach bugs are the worst Cassandra – yes, that alligator sighting wasn’t funny. I’m still not immune to all the wildlife down here.

  25. Eeek, I hope that everybody starts to feel better soon! When I’m sick, or anybody else in the house is sick, training is usually the last thing on my mind.

  26. Wow there is so much crud going on around here too! So far all we have been dealing with in my family is sinus troubles.
    I bet you see gators a lot huh?

    • I had a pretty bad sinus infection two months ago – so painful! No, this was actually my first gator sighting Tricia! I was scared!!

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