The Foot + the MTB

I’ll start with the bad: my left foot is still sore. I tried running through the injury but after seven days I gave up on that. I’m now two weeks and three days without one run. I’m massaging my foot with a tennis ball whenever I think about it but the pain persists.

While I have been on a break from running I stepped up my swim training and decided to climb aboard the MTB again. Last night was my 5th consecutive day on the bike. I did NICK trail on each occasion and also got faster with every try. Last night I went out an broke my previous PB by a little over a minute. My fitness is nowhere near what it was last year so time gain is exclusively down to knowledge of the course. I see that it is possible to go sub-35 this year… If the foot doesn’t get into running shape soon then I should have the possibility of reaching that goal. If running gets back on track then that will be my goal and the MTB will be relegated to harmless fun. At this stage it’s not in my hands.

Three for Three

Nearly skipped the swim today for no other reason than I was none too motivated. I sat in the car outside the gym reading the web on my phone – probably trying to make myself run short on time and give myself an excuse for not swimming. I snapped myself out of that and got a swim done:

200 w/u
100 – 1:28
200 – 3:02
300 – 4:35
400 – 6:08
400 – 6:07
300 – 4:36
200 – 3:00
100 – 1:25

Not too bad at all. Next week I’ll start to add in longer sets and mix in the running. It’s coming together nicely.

Monday Tuesday

On track with my goal for the week: Swim every day,

Yesterday I did 600-500…100
Today I did 100-200…600

I wanted to see what the difference would be if I reversed the set from yesterday.
(Yesterday-Today)
9:16-9:00
7:49-7:38
6:18-6:04
4:39-4:32
3:07-3:00
1:28-1:26
Despite being tired from yesterday I was MUCH faster for each set.
Good news.

Race #1 2014

It’s been a long time since I raced so early in the year and I actually thought about not racing today.

I’m glad I raced. 10km in 38:53 with just easy and steady run training behind me; no interval work whatsoever.
I want to get the foot back to 100% pain free status and then do another run block. Perhaps aim for 20 days RED and see what comes out of it.

The foot didn’t hurt too much at all during the race – it felt something like a muscle ache when I did feel anything… whatever it is, it seems that rest is helping and continuing the Run Every Day protocol is not going to fix it.
With that in mind I’ll start to swim as much as possible now.

Goal: Every day this week.

Rest

I did the 16th day running despite the pain in my foot; the idea was to try to run through it and eventually be pain free. So the 16th day was a test – 13,8km running on varied terrain. Foot felt pretty good during the run but pain came several times. Next day – that would have been run day 17 I decided to take a day off and see how it felt.

Today it feels a little better. I’ll definitely race tomorrow and probably run today. After that I’ll address the foot properly and then plan another 15-25 day running streak.

Two Weeks

Run #15 done on day #14. That’s the good.
Left foot has strange pain/sensations when running. That’s the bad.

Now, what to do about it?

Option 1: Just get the 25 minutes running done each day and see if it goes away while focusing on swimming.

Option 2: RICE

Option 3: MTB/Swim/RICE

 

The Hangover Part 2

Murderously difficult run today – all 26 minutes of it.
Wine tasting party last night. I came very close to ending the Run Every Day routine.

Still alive after 13 days.

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Tomorrow I start to swim again.
The goal is to swim at least three times per week while keeping the running going.
This should be possible.

The Hangover

I very nearly skipped today’s run. An encounter with a whisky bottle nearly ended the run. After nearly deciding that the run every day challenge was destined to end today I finally managed to pull myself out of the couch and hit five minutes over the mandatory 25.

4:27/km – easy enough.

I had been thinking all day about how and when to end project RED. Because of my mental state I only get as far as deciding that I will only make that decision when I feel good AND after the day’s run.

Or in checklist form:

Did you run today?
Do you feel good?
Is it time to end this shit?

All three need to be yes in order to end it.