I am horrible at technology. I am trying to get better. WordPress did an update in September and my website failed to align with it any longer. My tech guy (Matt 🙂 ) was working long hours, we were out of the country, I was gearing up for the Twin Cities Marathon and we were getting ready to move…again… so my website took the back burner for a bit. As you can see it is now pretty bare bones and I have to re-upload all of my pictures back in to my old posts. Hopefully by Christmas I will have a nice, new, shiny site.
This summer I ran a ton! I was living in Heber at 6800 feet. Gussie and I were up there alone for the most part and I was just putting in a ton of miles, up to 128 a week. I came back to San Diego in September for some sharpening and we headed to Latvia for 10 days.
While there I was able to practice my language skills….a lot different than speaking Latvian with my parents on the phone! I still have a lot of work to do! I got in some beautiful runs, and I visited the Latvian Athletics Association and was able to meet the President, Guntis Zālītis, and the Head Coach Dmitrijs Miļkevičs. I am so excited to compete for Latvia and it was an honor to be welcomed by them.
While there I ran a half marathon in one of my favorite cities in Latvia, Valmiera. I was running this as a marathon pace workout so it was a good effort. The race was really well organized and there were lots of people out on the course cheering. I had such a fun time!
We arrived home with 2 weeks to spare before the Twin Cities Marathon. I felt like I was in great shape, I had put in the work, and I was ready to run a big PR. Unfortunately, come October 4th, my body had other plans. On a perfect race-weather morning, something went awry. I don’t know if I had overtrained, if all of the travel caught up to me, but I was fighting my body the entire way. I kept waiting for my body to find its groove. At mile 16, I had run 2 miles at 6:30 pace and knew that finishing ten more miles fighting my body, that it would take even longer to recover. I decided to stop and it was the right decision. Don’t get me wrong, I was very upset that I couldn’t deliver. I definitely felt like a failure and that I had disappointed myself.
I took a week off to mentally recover and to get my head back in the game. I was so sore when I started running again, it felt like I had run a marathon. It took a few weeks for me to feel normal again. I was finally starting to feel good when my small plantar problem turned in to a large plantar problem. I had always had tightness in my left foot, but it usually went away. Not this time. I have been doing a lot of rehab on it and it is improving each day. Next post I will share what I have been doing. Three weeks ago I was not sure I would be ready to run a marathon in January and was ready to throw in the towel. Yesterday I had one of the fastest 20 milers I have ever run, so things are definitely looking good. Phew. Crisis averted for now. I am still babying that plantar. It is a real pain in the heel after long runs and workouts.
Moving forward, I am happy to say that I will be running the Houston Marathon on January 17th. I am really looking forward to running a solid race. I won’t be going in as ambitiously as I was for Twin Cities and I am hoping that the lack of pressure on myself will do me some good. Us runners are a crazy lot.
Enjoying a Packers V. Chargers game with the family. Our lone Charger fan, Ronnie was taking the picture!
Hope everyone is having a great Holiday season! Run Happy!