Cleveland Marathon Training Week 7: No training season is without injury.

Last week’s training was less than ideal. The heel pain I was dealing with started to get worse. I decided to take some time off running. At this point in my training a week or 2 off will not hurt me, especially if I can keep up with my cross training.

Just to be safe though:

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Monday: 3 easy miles, I wanted 5 but the heels didn’t feel right so I shut running down.
Tuesday: 900 meter swim
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 1000 meter swim and my first graston appointment
Friday: abs and arms
Saturday: 16.2 mile run. (1 mile warm up, 14.4 mile race, 1ish mile cooldown)

Me during the Green Jewel 50K relay!
Me during the Green Jewel 50K relay!

Sunday: Abs and arms

Total Mileage: 19.2

I have to admit that I am a little upset about this minor setback. However, I’m proud of myself for backing off and resting. Running through this injury and making it worse is not the way to go. Resting it and taking care of it, gives me a chance to save my spring marathon.

The injury: Beginning stages of plantar fasciitis. Not super painful but annoyingly agitating. This is my first time dealing with this injury so it’s very new to me.

The plan: Less running. I’m taking my running to 3 days a week for the next couple weeks. If the heels do ok with this, I’ll increase to 4 days a week. My key workouts will be my speedwork and long run. If I can get those in I will be happy.

The Graston Plan: I had some ART done on my calves to loosen them up and Graston on the bottoms of my feet. This was uncomfortable to have done and the next day was very painful but it allowed me to run long and hard on Saturday. It’s crazy the things runners will do to run. I have another appointment for graston this week and I’m a little scared after the last session.

How do you deal with injuries during training? Ever had Graston done?