So toe is improving but still not quite pain free enough to test in on a run. Got 3 elliptical sessions in this week. 2 easier sessions of 90 minutes each and today did a subLT (75 minutes total w/60 at subLT). Pretty good workout and have to say I felt pretty strong even if it was on this strange device. Not quite sure what muscles I'm hitting or whether they will maintain any running fitness, but certainly good cardio nonetheless. Also don't think it's hurting the foot to do these.
Lorenzo, sorry to hear about the leg. Like you, I'm still stuck on the bench. Well, not completely restricted to the bench as I have been using my wife's elliptical. Can get a pretty good workout in on this thing. Not sure how well it translates to running, but HR zones are hit nicely. Today did a subLT session. Got about 5 hrs over 3 session in this week. Extensor tendonitis much improved over the course of the week, but still have a little soreness lingering if I lift that big toe a few times. Am thinking I have another few days before I can venture out for a 3 mile test run.
MsE, really great news.
As for the rest of you, I'm jealous I can't post big miles and swanky paces!! Great training everyone. It's great to share in the trials of miles and miles of trials.
At present, I'm thinking I may just shoot for a fall marathon. Target time would be sub 3:05ish (or if all the stars were to align on the day sub 3). My short term goal would be another Boston qualifier time this year (sub3:15 as I'm 41). Long term goal will be sub 3 sometime in the next 3-4 years. I think I'm capable, but it will be a close thing if I do it as current PB is just a hair under 3:10.
Marrows, good to hear from you. Seems things are well and your target is the same as mine. I think we can lose another 5 minutes this year!
Sorry to hear the bug is passing through you guys.
Nice rebooting DD!
After such a long stretch without a major injury, I'm on the bench I've got a pretty good case of extensor tendonitis on the tendon running off my big toe on the left foot. Fizz originally popped a bone back in place and thought we had it liked, but not to be. Last run was Sunday and I should have skipped it but anyway, no runs for a while now. Thinking best case maybe out 2 weeks but I suspect it may be longer. Tried Elliptical last night but it aggravated it a bit. Stinks, but at least I'm not 5 wks out from a marathon. Will just have deal and heal.
I think my week of higher cadence running did it. Should have considered that 50 miles of higher than normal cadence could be risky. Another lesson.
MsE, very sorry to hear about the injury! You've overcome so much...I too was hoping you could just settle in and train this year. But as the others say, perhaps you'll be benched for a shorter period than you fear.
As to my foot problem, I think I counted my chickens before they hatched. While my 10 mile test run last week went OK, later than night my foot started to hurt more. Took the next day off and could feel it a bit. 2nd day after pain was gone again so went out to test the waters once more. Ran 8 miles w/6 at subLT. Could feel it in mile 3. Then pain increased for 2 miles and then disappeared. Miles were nice and fast BTW (~6:48 m/m) and I was strong. Which makes the next part so hard...my foot was very sore within minutes after stopping. So clearly my extensor tendons are inflamed and not happy. Will get in for some more physical therapy this week and just shut the running down per new instructions (we'll see what those will be). I don't have any real A races coming up so will try to do some xtraining (thinking elliptical) and core work. Have so much going on at work now (big deadline is March 5th) that this might just need to happen. Can balance work better, strengthen core and try to maintain a bit of cardio, let my body really recover after 3 full (and consecutive) cycles of marathon training, and come back ready for another long stretch. At this point I have to be realistic and protect what I've got. I don't think missing several weeks will cost me too much in the big picture. It may actually work in my favor.
...but damn I hate not being able to run, especially as fit as I am right now!!
One of the most important ingredients to my running the past 2 years is my physical therapy team. There are 3 ladies at this place that I rotate between. They never fail to amaze me. I limp in last night thinking I'd be out for a while. She tells me no way, think it is just a bone that's slipped out of place. Here, let me try...pop...pain gone! I say I should probably rest for a few days, right? She says, nope, I want you to test it tomorrow. Try an 8 miler (yes, may I please have another?!). So went out in the cold and got 10 miles in feeling pretty good (just felt it a bit). Got a little sore directly after the run (nothing like Wed PM), but I was able to "pop" it back again and now 4 hours later just a faint hint of discomfort. Amazing!