February 26, 2013

Training while Blogging...or Blogging while Training

I started my blog about two weeks before I started training for my first half-marathon and have relied on it to chronicle my training, seek advice from other runners and just reflect on how things are going.

This time around, since I'm going with the no plan training plan for the Potomac River Run Marathon, I've been much more quiet about my training and have relied on my Believe I Am Journal and DailyMile to keep tabs on how things are going.

Today though, I realize just how important it has been to keep all of that information readily available.

Yesterday, on my way to work, I got hit with some pretty sharp pain on the outside of my left foot. It hurt to put any kind of weight on my foot and the pain has continued through today.

That's where it hurts

This happened to me while I was training for Marine Corps and I distinctly remember blogging about it but don't really remember the outcome. Insert the search feature of my blog and what do I find: I had this exact same problem 3 days before I went to my friend Devon's wedding in Texas 2 years ago.

Ironically, I'm going to a wedding this weekend and have the same pain.

According to my experience with this, I took a few days off, RICE-d and was absolutely fine in one week (and still managed to dance my face off at the wedding).

I'm staying optimistic that it's the same case so we'll see what happens. I'm just hoping I'm in shape for my the 17 mile run and wedding reception dance fest I have planned for this Saturday.

Hopefully I'll be back on my feet foot without jeopardizing too many miles!

Now, I'm still going with the no training plan plan, and writing about things as they pop up, but for now, I'll just say that aside from this small set back, training is going really well and I'm really happy that I'm not glued to a spreadsheet. I've been doing regular hills and speed work and am starting to feel like the paces I've always been terrified of, are getting way, way easier which is awesome.

Do you use your blog to write about your training? Ever gone back to look something up and found your old posts to be useful?


  1. Hope your foot does feel better with a little bit of rest! I don't write too much about my training.. just little bits every once in a while. I keep track of everything with a spreadsheet and daily mile though. I think it is good to have some way to look back at what has happened before, but doesn't have to be your blog posts.

    have fun at the wedding this weekend!

  2. I hope the rest is what does the trick! It's awesome how our blogs have become sources of information for our own experiences:) I'll send positive thoughts your way!

  3. Hope your foot gets to feeling better sooner rather than later! And have a GREAT time this weekend!

    My blog just got started really about running about 15 months ago. I haven't gone back to use it as a resource yet, but love going back at first half-marathon training posts and seeing what kind of progress I've made. Such a good feeling! :)

  4. I've had this same problem. My doc said it was inflammation and gave me some arthritis medicine sample. They worked well... And then I ran out and kind of just ran through the pain, which eventually went away. Good luck :)

  5. during my last marathon i did a weekly post about the training but also how i feel and which aches and pains I have. i liked writing it, but actually I never looked back. I ran the exact same marathon a year prior and I did look back at my spreadsheet and paces and times I ran the year before and it was very motivational to see how much I improved over that year.

  6. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop! You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more!

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @ meandmr.com

  7. Hope your foot gets well.
    I have had to drop out of races in the past due to injuries or illness.

  8. I hope your foot feels better - I see you are running the rock and roll half. I am currently signed up, but I can't run it. Do you know anyone who would want to buy my bib? I bought it when sign up was on sale for $65, and that is all I want for it. Registration is now $125. Let me know if you have a friend who would want it :-D

  9. I love using my other blog to really track where I'm at and see my progress. It was cool to look back on my Couch to 5K training from last year and see how much I accomplished in just a few months :) I hope your foot gets better!!!


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