It is often said that running is a mental sport. I believe that. Yesterday's group run was 10 miles and I have to say, it was more difficult in some ways than the 21 miles the week before. My perceived difficulty most likely came from these sources:
- Although the run was partially along the Mission Bay area, much of the run was not very attractive. We hardly ran along the beauty of the ocean at all. Instead, we ran through neighborhoods with too much traffic and bad roads.
- It was overcast. While that made it cooler, it also made the run more dreary.
- I had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to meet my group by 6:00. I was TIRED!
- The biggest factor was my own frame-of-mind. Before the run, I thought of it this way, "Oh, it's just 10 miles. Easy-cheesy! Compared to last week, this will be a quick little jaunt along the coast."
Rock 'n' Roll Route
Even though much of the run was not very scenic, the benefit of running it was that a lot of it is part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon route (maybe miles 18-23 or something like that). It is good to see where I'll be running for some of the marathon. One nice thing is, the roads will be closed so the traffic will not be an issue during the race.
After Saturday's run, I had to go to a party so I didn't get to do my usual "relaxing on the couch" thing. My bad leg was hurting so I iced it and on a whim, put on the knee brace I had purchased a few months ago. I figured the extra support would not hurt. It felt better just to have it on. I left the brace on for the duration of the party (about 3 or 4 hours).
The amazing thing was waking up this morning and having my bad leg be almost pain-free!! I was able to put my full weight on it and even chase my boys around at church. This has not happened after a long run in ages!
In my mind, I reviewed what I might have done differently to make this happen. The only thing I could think of is the knee brace. I've heard a little bit about the benefits of compression after a run but haven't taken it seriously. Until now. This is something I definitely want to learn more about.
What are your experiences with compression therapy?
Worrisome Running Stuff
My left heel has been bothering me for the past week. I'm wondering if it's the start of planters fasciitis. I'm trying to stretch my foot/arch, icing, and rolling my foot on a foot roller.
I don't know if this is the wisest strategy before a marathon, but for the next two weeks, I am going to do no running at all. I will continue with the cross training and strengthening but I really want to have as much time as possible to allow my heel to get better.
What do you think, my wise, experienced Running Blogger Friends? Any suggestions for dealing with a sore heel?