Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great week so far
I’ve been following Jeff Galloway’s Dopey Challenge training plan and it’s been going okay so far. The biggest problems for me are the scheduling of the runs – making it harder to balance running with family time, and dealing with the Plantar Fasciitis (PF) pain in my right heel.
I’ve been getting in a lot of mileage even with the PF pain. 55 miles so far this month on my Nike app, plus additional mileage I’ve been doing “unplugged”. I worry I’m doing too much and getting into the dangerous territory of overtraining.
When I’ve trained super hard in the past, I’ve gotten injured every time. First it was my right hip when training for the 2013 Tinker Bell Half. I went to PT for a few months, did exercises, deep tissue massage, and recovered. Then I had a back injury following my first marathon that had me on painkillers and sidelined for weeks. Once I recovered from that (again more PT, exercises, and deep tissue massage), I had plantar fasciitis pain in my left heel and numbness in both feet. I got rid of the insoles that my PT recommended for me and the numbness in my feet went away for the most part. Rest from long distance running helped the PF pain go away, though I still ran shorter distances as I healed.
Which brings me to today. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the pics from our weekend getaway to Napa Valley. We stayed at Calistoga Ranch, a gorgeous resort that was absolutely what we both needed to rest and relax. We did a couples massage on our last day there. I had a deep tissue massage that was uncomfortable, bordering on painful because my muscles really needed it, but I ended up feeling relaxed afterward.
Since the massage and with using the other PF coping strategies I posted about before, my PF pain still exists but feels very different. It’s less severe and the pain has moved around a little like it did the last time I recovered from PF.
I had to stop at mile 7 of my 17 miler yesterday to put a band aid on a huge blister forming on the inside of my left heel. I don’t normally get blisters there and I’m in the same shoes, so it was related to my change in gait from the PF pain. That wasn’t my excuse to stop – I still had 10 miles to do. I took my pace slow, reminding myself that it’s time on my feet that I need with these training run/walks. I’ll be tired, sore, have blisters, etc during the Dopey Challenge and I can’t let any of it stop me.
When I finished, I had a blister on top of the original blister. I felt content that I did it, but also felt kind of blah and loopy. It was bad enough to make me look in my calendar on my iPhone to see just how many more long runs I’d need to do before Dopey so I could count them down and hopefully dread them a little less
I looked at the Galloway training plan and realized that he has filled up the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with running! 45 min on Thanksgiving day, 10 mile walk on Saturday and 23 miles on Sunday.
I was so mad at myself for not looking at it sooner!
For some background, when I training for my first half marathon I joined some Facebook fitness groups. Between the time I spent running, doing weights, working out, and chatting online – I wasn’t leaving enough time and energy for my family.
Late last year, I put my family first and left the fitness chat groups I was in and a few months later, the Facebook fitness groups. I even deleted the Facebook app from my phone because I was on there way too much.
After that, I promised myself that I would never let my running, fitness, or weight maintenance interfere with my family life again. My family matters more to me than anything and I am thankful every day for them! I refocused my efforts and took a break from long distance running for a while too. It made all the difference in feeling more balanced with my personal commitments to both my health and my family. When I started running distances again, I put my family first and it’s helped me to stay connected to them while still doing something for just me.
That’s also why I started my blog earlier this year. I blog, Tweet, and Instagram when I have the time. Some weeks I have more time and I post a lot. Other weeks I’m busy being a wife and mom, setting up our home, being the room parent for my son’s class, getting together with friends, and training for the Dopey and Glass Slipper Challenges.
So that’s why I’m now looking at other Dopey Challenge training plans. We’ve been looking forward to spending that long Thanksgiving weekend together and have some really fun things planned. Two back-to-back double digit mileage days would have me in full “training mode” with hydration and fueling all weekend. Even if I moved the 23 miler to Monday – I’d still be obsessing about it all weekend.
So now I’m looking at Hal Higdon’s plan.
His mileage is 3, 8, and 18 for the weekend. I know I could move the 18 to the following Monday and still enjoy the weekend with my family. Doing 7 fewer miles would be MUCH less strenuous on my body too.
I used Hal Higdon’s plan when I trained for the Portland Marathon last year and I finished that race feeling strong and happy.
So I think I’m switching my training to this:
Have you every changed your race training midcycle? I did for the Portland Marathon (from Galloway to Higdon) and I liked it.
If you’ve trained – or are training for Goofy or Dopey – which plans do you like?