Happy Tuesday! What do you have on the schedule today?! I’ve got some speedwork to get done this morning with some 2 x 2 mi repeats at 10k pace & 2 x 1/2 mi repeats at 5k pace (with some recovery jogs in between)! Also if you haven’t yet read Janae’s (Hungry Runner Girl’s) blog post about finally reaching her sub 3 hour marathon at St. George last week, drop whatever it is you’re doing and go read it right now. I love what she says about not wanting to change her story to finally get that goal and that each setback made it that much sweeter.
It really inspired me and I’m READY to chase down my big Boston goals. I finally signed up for my next marathon today —> Eugene Marathon 2019! I have always wanted to visit the Pacific Northwest and Eugene has been on my list for a while. It’s scary (and exciting) to think about the steps that it will take to get me to my sub 3:30 marathon to BQ, but I’m ready for the challenge and this marathon WILL BE IT. I’m using the Las Vegas half next month as a building block to get more speed in my legs and I’m EXCITED. I haven’t followed a training plan for a goal half marathon since my first half way back in 2011. While training for Eugene won’t officially start until late December/ early January —> each training cycle builds on top of each other and I can start doing the little things now to help get me there (i.e. more strength work, getting faster at the shorter stuff, dialing in my nutrition, adding in more HILLS).
I also wanted to share with you the #1 thing that I’m convinced finally helped me with my Plantar Fasciitis flare that I’ve dealt with since June. I started doing this yoga sequence from JasYoga.
The biggest stretches that I’ve found really help? The sequence that she does from toe pose —> rocking calfs in a modified frog pose —> full frog pose. This helps warm up my calfs/ stretch them out after I run and if I stay on-top of it, I don’t have any PF pain! I’ve also tried things like sleeping in a splint at night (yeah that works, but it’s really bulky to sleep in), icing, heat, superfeet insoles, etc. This stretch is the #1 thing that has helped me SO MUCH.
Ever dealt with PF? What’s helped you with it?
What goals are you currently chasing?
Eugene Marathon - anyone ever done it?! ANY TIPS FOR ME?!?
I need some new book recommendaitons?!? What should I read next?