Let it be known that week 11 of the Moonwalk marathon training was the week that I was incredibly stupid. The week that I didn’t listen to my own body. I had started the week feeling amazing. Although, I had been planning on doing 18 miles, I shortened it to 14 miles. The reason for this was that it was Mother’s Day and I felt guilty that I was spending it on a treadmill. So I quickly bashed out my 14 miles and then spent the rest of the day with the kids. The kids/Mr C had very kindly treated me to some compression training leggings by Nike. I have to say that they are easily the best pair of leggings that I own. There was no sign of muscle fatigue the next day.
In fact, I was feeling so great the next day that I decided to ignore what I knew should be a rest day and instead I ran a quick 4 miler. This was the beginning of where I went wrong. I got giddy, I didn’t rest when I should have done. I had also had to order some new running shoes because I had completely worn through my other pair of shoes – Asics. My new pair of Nikes arrived and on the Thursday I decided to break them in with my second 7 miler of the week. This was where I was really stupid. They were obviously new to my feet and my feet obviously weren’t sure if they liked the new trainers.
I ignored the niggles, I ignored that they were rubbing on the back of my feet and I pushed forward. I did the whole 7 miles. The next day I decided to take the rest day that I should have taken earlier in the week because my feet were really sore. In particular my left foot, the one that appears to always suffer the most, was very sore. Then on Saturday I decided it wouldn’t be wise to exercise as the niggle was still there and getting gradually worse. I carried on dashing about but by the end of Saturday I had to admit defeat. Something was really hurting. I was in quite a bit of pain with my left foot. Mr C took a look and proclaimed –
“Woooooah, that’s bad. Your left leg at the bottom and at the back of the foot are really swollen”
He immediately googled it and declared that I had achilles tendonitis. What’s the cure? I had asked him in a panic. I need to do 18 miles tomorrow. He immediately spelled it out –
” that will not be happening. If you aren’t careful then this could take you 6-8 weeks to recover from”
Cue panic as the Moonwalk is in 6 weeks. Sunday came round and there was no way that I could have trained even if I felt like it. It was so painful that I didn’t argue when Mr C told me that I needed complete rest and that I was to spend the day with my feet up. I was bored though. So very bored. Also trying to go to the toilet when you live in a townhouse and your toilet is either up or down the stairs proved problematic. It was so painful that I found myself crawling up the stairs so that I didn’t have to put weight on my left foot.
Now I am writing this on the Monday and my foot is still really painful and there is no way that I will be exercising today. I can only assume that it was the new trainers and the fact that I didn’t break them in gently. I got giddy and now my feet are paying the price for it. Frustrated is not the word. Also, the Easter holidays have just started and I find myself unable to chase my children around. They are exploiting this weakness, believe me. I need to rest this foot. I need to listen to my body. I must be able to do the walk!
Week 11 of the Moonwalk marathon training plan
Sunday – 14 miles
Monday – 4 miles
Tuesday – 7 miles
Wednesday – Davina weights and interval training
Thursday – 7 miles
Friday – rest day (which I should have done on the Monday!)
Saturday – rest day
Be Better Fitness Training
This injury has made me realise that I need to be more careful when it comes to my training. Therefore, I am going to be working with Be Better Fitness Training to build on my strength and to try and avoid any further injuries. Amina, the founder of Be Better Fitness Training, is passionate in wanting to remove the barriers that we face when it comes to nutrition and exercise. As we all know, I have really be struggling with how to fuel myself correctly so I am really excited to give Be Better Fitness Training a go. Be Better Fitness training is an online portal where you will find workouts, recipes and a nutrition plan. It is like having your own personal trainer but without the expensive costs. Amina is a qualified fitness trainer and she has previously developed a 45 minute bootcamp class for men and women. This is where the idea for Be Better Fitness Training came from. As a society we are very time poor and can struggle to find the time to exercise, especially when we have families to look after as well. With Be Better Fitness Training we have no excuses. You will find workouts that you can fit in with your busy lives.
As soon as my foot has properly recovered I will be giving Be Better Fitness Training a go and documenting my results and how I found the exercises. Watch out for my review coming after the Easter weekend.
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