I started 2015 strong, I trained hard all winter, even finding myself on snow days running up to 8 miles in the gym. Lost some ground due to an injury, but made up for it biking and using an elliptical. I completed my first half marathon injury free in April, my 2nd in May. In July I visited a foot doctor with the expectations of having a stress fracture. Plantar Fascitis was the diagnosis. Stretching and steroids, icing and a few days off seemed to be the cure.
I continued my training, the big goal was the Columbus Marathon. I ran a half marathon in August pain free, but very dissatisfied in my performance. I struggled with the heat, no excuse! In September I revisited Adams County Half Marathon and struggled with pain in my foot. I had been gradually seeing the pain come back and becoming worse. I had been telling my husband I didn't know if I would be able to finish 26.2 miles with the aggravation of the constant pounding and toothache like pain.
I forged ahead, complaining as I ran. Finally my final long run of 8 miles and I told my training partner that after Columbus I was taking time off. I needed to heal and I was burnt out. That was the most awesome 8 miles I had ever run, I was virtually pain free and on cloud 9 when we finished. After showering I laid on my bed and registered for another half for 2 weeks after Columbus. *SIGH* lol
Columbus was everything I remembered it to be! Despite the slight weight gain of about 10 lbs I had experienced (very normal when training so much because of being constantly training) and then there was that pounding pain in my foot. I complained to people around me from about mile 20 on. I lost 7 minutes at a Johnny on the spot and came shy of my goal, but I did everything I had set out to do. I ran when I was suppose to run and walked when I was suppose to walk! I finished in tears of 100% satisfaction!
I took the 2 weeks off between the full and the half, running none at all, yet continuing to eat as if I was training. Ran the half with my friend Tanya, her 2nd half ever and she felt so under trained, but she did great! I wasn't happy with the time, but it was very painful from the first step. I ran a few 5k's after taking some time off, the first couple were ok, then I ran of that was terribly painful. So again I took some time off, this time I started wearing the custom inserts that I had been putting off.
After 2 more full weeks off I attempted the final 5k of the season, without the inserts. Bad idea, the fasica tore in the bottom of my foot! Off to the Podiatrist, a steroid injection and the realization that the inserts had to become my friend, if not for life, at least a very long time!
The holidays were spent not running, but eating and gaining! I tried following a low carb cycling plan that a doctor friend of mine put me on and ending up gaining 10 more lbs. I can't do low carb anymore clearly! As much as I am ashamed to admit it, my weight topped off at 172, that is 32 lbs above my goal weight
The good news is I am running again! I have been for 2 weeks, then I got sick, but I'm confident that I am still on track to reach my 2016 goals! I am registered for 3 halves a a full!! I started back to "MY" way of eating and following my plan that I have been following for years and am happy to report that since Sunday I have already dropped 5 lbs.
Here is to another year, continued healthy living and restarts! It's a lifelong process!