They say that everything can be cured with some sort of salt water: tears, sweat, or the sea. This week, I was nursing a minor tweak in my foot, but thankfully some sweaty strength sessions and some Vitamin Sea served as a cure for my non-running woes.
On Monday’s run, my foot felt tight and achy – enough to warrant cutting the run short. It ached throughout the rest of the day. Once I calmed down my paranoia about a potential stress fracture, I realized what the pain reminded me of – a milder version of when I sprained my foot. Last time, I made the sprain so much worse by running through it (and then it later led to plantar fasciitis). This time, I took early action – stopped running for a week, iced the area, taped my foot, and took Advil. By Thursday, my foot was feeling better, but I stuck to my plan to no running (or plyometrics) for a week completely just in case it was a strain or sprain.
One week off of running isn’t ideal, but I much prefer one week off versus four weeks or more off. Sometimes, consistency is about looking at the big picture and knowing when one week of minimal running is worth it in the long term.
Monday: 4 mile easy run & Strength training
Originally, my intention was to run 8 miles with the last 3 at tempo pace. However, my foot ached before my run and I told myself that if it hurt at any point throughout the run, I would turn around. At mile 2, it was still aching and I noticed a slight alteration in my gait, so I opted to turn around.
I spent the rest of the day irrationally paranoid, pressing on each individual metatarsal to try to determine if it was a stress fracture or not.
My strength training session utilized kettlebells and the TRX:
Single leg KB deadlifts
KB sumo squats with upright row
KB lateral to curtsey lunges
Tuesday: Rest day
I took Ollie to a beachfront dog park on the Sound with a friend and her dog. Ollie practically goes feral at the sight of water, and high-pitched yodels ensued as he sprinted for the water. At one point, he swam over to the people-only side of the beach. At another point, he emerged from the waves, quaking with adrenaline, yipping and yodeling, and covered in seaweed.
Wednesday: Strength training
I completed 20 minutes on the stepmill before strength training. In terms of cross-training, the stepmill was actually enjoyable. I then joined Ryan for strength training, including barbell front squats (45 lbs), barbell deadlifts (95 lbs), barbell rows, bench press, med ball cleans, and core work.
After the previous day’s strength workout, I opted for a low-impact workout. I did 30 minutes of Pilates with the magic circle.
Friday: Strength training
Ryan and I stayed out late the night before to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, so we moved a morning workout in favor of an afternoon one, especially once we decided not to leave for camping until Saturday. My workout was basic – 10 minutes on the stepmill, barbell front squats, negative pull-ups, kettlebell swings, reverse flyes, side planks, single leg bridges, and bird dog planks.
Ryan and I packed up the car and our dogs for a short weekend getaway on the Olympic Peninsula. We drove to the coast, found a camping spot, and spent the entire day outdoors. We let Ollie and Charlie swim in the sea (harnessed and leashed to us for safety). Ollie chased after waves, while Charlie attempted to dig up crabs. The sea water wasn’t as cold as we anticipated – it felt really refreshing to wade through the waves.
Coffee by the ocean is the perfect start to a Sunday morning.
How was your week in running?
Have you ever been the ocean?