As far as my injury goes (Plantar Fasciitis in both feet) - things seem to be improving. I've been able to stay on top of my endurance levels with taking away two days of base training and replacing it with cycling. That seems to be working well.
Here's how the last couple of weeks have gone...
|Tire meet dirt, dirt meet tire... My MTB's first ride...|
|About to tackle this hill. Doesn't look like much here, but it's pretty good one.|
The fun part is really feeling tired and worn out after a fast, long ride and my feet don't hurt!
The only drawback is that my sit bones are still getting used to the saddle, even though I upgraded to a very nice one. Going to take some time, and all I can say about that right now is, OUCH!!
Alternating the cycling and running has been very beneficial to my feet. Who knew you could still run 10-15 miles while injured? It does set me back a little each time I do a long run, but I am able to recover and my feet are continuing to heal.
The week before I did a 12 mile run. Beautiful, crisp weather along the river. Who wouldn't want to run this trail?
This last weekend, I was able to get my 16 mile run in and although my feet were very sore, I was able to get through it very well. I ran along the same path as the 12 miler. It's just a beautiful area to run in and the trail is 25 miles long!
I really love trail running. I just love being outside, enjoying the sun and the beautiful surroundings. The trails are challenging and right now, very muddy. It makes for quite an adventure, sometimes a very slippery one. However, my feet don't really like it right now. I did a couple 5 mile runs in the last couple of weeks and both times, it set me back quite a bit. I think it's the slippery, uneven terrain. Maybe I'll be able to get back out to the trails in a few months when my feet are better and the hard marathon training is over.
|A view of the valley from the top of one of the trials I run on.|
|A gorgeous view of the lake from the other trail I ran|
I hope you have an awesome weekend!
Now, get out there and run already!!