So… I skipped my long run this weekend, guys. After the past couple really long runs, I’ve been having some irritation in my right outer foot. Nothing serious, it just felt like it was bruised almost, and would go away a couple days later, no problem. But on Sunday night, when Matt and I were back from our 1 year anniversary trip and setting out to do a long run (he wanted to join me since we have the Tough Mudder coming up in a week and a half), it was NOT feeling okay. I think our really hilly 20 mile bike ride on Saturday must’ve irritated it further. I stopped a quarter mile into the run and told Matt to go on without me. Blah.
Here’s where it hurts:
I’m 99% sure it’s not my shoes, although I think I’ll start tying them more loosely. I wear the Brooks Ravennas and have been wearing and loving them for a year now, and never had any problems through multiple half marathons in the spring. I honestly think I’m just getting to that point in training where things are started to get irritated from all the mileage.
This was a step down week for my Richmond marathon training, so after doing 19 miles two weekends ago and 20 miles last weekend, this past weekend was going to be a “short” 12 miler. (I know, so ridiculous that 12 miles now is on the “shorter” side of long runs.)
My foot was bugging me a little after the 20 miler last weekend, but I did 5 milers on both Tuesday and Thursday and about 3 miles (+ some boot camp moves) on Friday morning with Matt, no problem, so I think it must have been the bike ride and all the pressure on my foot from going up so many really steep hills that irritated it again.
So – any advice? My foot feels 100% fine to walk on, and again, it doesn’t feel like anything serious, just like some bruising and tenderness, but at this point in training I’m really cautious about overdoing it. I got in a nice swim yesterday morning as my workout, and today I skipped my scheduled morning run and will probably do kickboxing or something instead. Tomorrow is a yoga day. That brings me to Thursday – I think I’ll try to run that morning and see how it goes, and assess the long run situation from there. I’m supposed to do another 20 miler this weekend – eek! Fingers crossed my foot is fine by then. I’m planning to ice it some this week, too, in case that helps.
Would love any input you guys have! Has anyone dealt with anything similar?