Training ups and downs

This is mid/late marathon training. I have the Portland Marathon on October 6th. This will be my last really long training run before NYC on November 3rd. I have been following Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 1 plan with some adjustments for travel. This is my first marathon training running Sat/Sun. Most of my long runs have been on Sunday with “tired” legs. For the most part I have done very well on this plan. I’m not too tired and really enjoy the Sat/Sun runs. The only run that is difficult is the 8 miles mid week, mostly because of time. But because of my OCD I have not missed any miles.

On Tuesday I met with a podiatrist about my black/blue toenail. It is a side effect of the chemo I was on. It was more than half off the nail bed and I decided to have it removed. I was being pro active, so it does not fall off a few days before either marathon. All went well in the doctor’s office, but once the local anesthesia wore off IT HURT.

I have no restrictions so I ran 5 miles, Wed and 8 on Thurs. The first mile of both of these runs were rough. My toe hurt. By Thursday afternoon my toe looked red and was still moist. I emailed a picture to the doctor and yes it was getting infected. I’m on an antibiotic for 10 days. Hopefully I will get my 20 miles done tomorrow without too much pain.

One food picture. This was my breakfast last Sunday at the Pump House to watch the Patriots win against the Bills!

Have to have my pancakes!

Have to have my pancakes!

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5 Responses to Training ups and downs

  1. pam says:

    Although I don’t have a toe without nail it isn’t easy running that long. GOOD LUCK! I’ve got 18 tomorrow.

  2. Mallory says:

    That toenail sounds painful! Isn’t technology great that we can email doctors? Lol I have a toenail that has been troublesome for a couple years. It fell off the first time after my first marathon. Great job on getting your miles in. That’s totally awesome. I’ve only trained for one marathon and it was rough. I trained over the summer and I’m wondering if training over the winter is better?

  3. Lauren says:

    OH man I have never lost a toenail and would never like to experience that! You are doing so amazing with your training, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t do as well as you and I didn’t just go through cancer treatment. You inspire me with all of your posts and dedication, can’t wait to hear how Portland goes!

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