11 Days: Holy Crap! I’m Running a Marathon in 11 Days

I know myself so well in the fact that keeping a blog updated for me is like keeping my apartment clean. I maintain lofty goals but the reality of life often prevents me from getting it done.

So what’s happened in the last 40+ days? I firmly concluded that I do have plantar fasciitis. Yuck! Fairly common for long-distance runners (apparently Eli Manning also suffered from this) but nothing something you want to experience one month out from running 26.2 miles.

I rested my foot for a full week, icing/heating, stretching, and doing what cardio I could. I have run intermittently over the last three weeks, a few 2 mile, 3 mile, and 4 mile routes. But, nothing consistent as it seemed my foot would flare up after the run, put me out for a day, and then be okay on day three.

This past week I opted to not stress out about trying to get in a run. My dream was to run another 10 mile route before the marathon. I am comfortable with the idea that this is not going to happen. I am maintaining my cardio through spin classes, working out on the elliptical and upright bikes, and taking group classes. I’m also focusing on increasing my strength, especially in my legs, and increasing flexibility via yoga.

I’ve received a lot of helpful advice from other runners who have experience injuries prior to major races. I’m not competing for a PR. This is to honor a promise to my dad and to challenge my own beliefs in what I can do. I will go into the race with that in mind and just enjoy the day (as much as one can enjoy running for 4+ hours).