So I skipped a week. And I changed my mind.
When I went home to Washington for my grandma's funeral I ran 8 1/2 miles one morning. I didn't think I could do that so easily. And I felt good. I wasn't even tired when I finished, but my feet were hurting VERY badly. Especially my left.
I spent the next two days going through a mental battle - do I run the half and just suck it up? Or not because my feet will hurt too bad.
On one hand I was obviously trained enough for it and because I now know how badly my feet hurt I may not be able to run one that often. So will I be able to train for one and then run it? I should probably just run this one, suck it up and finish it so that at least I ran one once. Because right now I'm conditioned enough to do it.
In the end I decided just to do it. So, I signed up for the half on Monday.
I ran 5 miles Monday, 7 Wednesday and 2 Thursday (busy day....). Then 10 today!
I didn't stop at all any of those times. I was pretty impressed with myself today. Especially since the last mile I ran against 15 mph wind. That sucked.
My feet did a bit better for a few reasons. First I took Ibuprofen before I went (why haven't I done that every time?!). I also wore a bandaid/moleskin type thing (it's AMAZING) over the arch of my left foot that keeps getting blisters from the soles of my shoes and so that took away that pain. I also switched the expensive orthotics for the ones the shoes came with and that seemed to help. So dumb that I paid 45 dollars for those insoles that weren't helping. My Chiropractor tipped me off to that idea.
I don't think I'll be able to run the entire half without having to walk for a bit here and there, but I'll try. Even if I'm jogging 5 mph I'll still be happy that I finished without stopping. But, I'm okay with having to walk. My goal will be to make it at least 10 miles nonstop. Unless I have to pee. Does that count?
I'm excited and nervous. I'm feeling so sore right now and tired that I know I'll need a giant nap afterwards.