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Week 4: Marathon Training – Through Difficulty

Ad astra per aspera.

(To the stars through difficulty.) 

– Kansas state motto

Distance: 10 miles

Time: 1:31:11

Pace: 9:06

Weather: upper 40s and ridiculously windy

Run: Long run on the Republican River Trail

When: Friday, 26 Jan.

Happy Kansas Day!!  It’s Monday which means I’m a little late in posting from Week 4, but better late than never. 🙂   I was thinking about the Kansas state motto today during my after school 4-miler and it seemed perfect for this Marathon Training.  To the stars through difficulty.  My difficulty with running these days has been trying to find the right shoe.  Bottom line up front:  The search continues…

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 32:14

Pace: 8:04

Weather: Shorts weather!

Run: Training run at the house

When: Sunday, 20 Jan.

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 33:16

Pace: 8:18

Weather: Cool. 40s-50s

Run: Training run around campus trying out new inserts

When: Wednesday, 24 Jan.

So last time I wrote, I said I was going to try out the size 9s of the Brooks Ghost.  They were really way too big so last Monday I was back in the running store.  After another discussion with Trey, I decided to purchase and test out a few inserts for the 8.5s.  I bought two different kinds.  I don’t really feel like explaining the differences and what they were supposed to do because neither of them worked.  My toes still fell asleep.  The first inserts I tested on Wednesday for a 4 mile run around campus and they were already hurting me at mile 2.  The second ones I tried on my long run.  I was a little nervous about running 10 miles with new inserts so I laid out a plan.

The shoe line up

I was going to run 4 miles with the special inserts, 4 miles with the Brooks original inserts, and the last two miles in my old shoes.  And then flip-flops for afterwards because that’s my favorite after a long run.

In the end I ran 7 miles in the inserts (by mile 5 my feet were in agony) and the last three miles in my old shoes, which also made my toes sort of fall asleep.  Miles 8 and 9 were painfully slow.  It was really cold and windy on Friday and after changing shoes I was so unmotivated.  Plus, I was running in section less protected from the wind.  However, the  scenery was beautiful and that helped.  The Outlet Pond was half frozen and there were tons and tons of geese on it.  I even saw a bald eagle! (You can barely tell in the picture though.)

When I got to Mile 9, I realized I only had one mile left and I thought, “oh only a mile left!  I can run a mile in my sleep.”  I was able to run my last mile at 8:19 which was six seconds faster than my first mile – so I finished happy even though the run was a struggle.

Even though this marathon training has been marred by painful feet and an epic shoe hunt, my legs feel strong and I’ve been happy with the times I’ve logged.  At this point, I feel like my toes would be falling asleep in any shoe.  Tomorrow I’m going to return the inserts and I’m kind of at a loss.  I feel like I’ve tried on every shoe there is.  I just want to run without my toes falling asleep.  Running is my outlet; it’s one of the few things I do for myself; and it’s one of the only things that keep me sane with my husband gone.

Today in the mail I got some foot massage balls that I think may help.  I feel like there is something knotted up in my foot that is causing the problem?? I don’t really know, but if anyone else has any ideas, please feel free to share.  Until then, I’ll keep pushing to the stars. 🙂

Workouts for the Week: 4

Total Miles: 18

Goal for Next Week: Hit my upper body and leg workout days.  Stretch every day.


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