The last week has been super busy! Lots of work, running, stressing about my foot, going to Santa Fe and El Rito with Susan for the three day weekend and having a blast climbing and then back to work and testing running on my tweaked left foot... not bad busy (except stressing about my foot...), just action packed fun busy!
Here's a little bit of a break down...
Last Thursday: I ran an 'out and back' on the AZ Trail on the east side of Flagstaff (a stretch I have not been on before) starting at Hwy 89 near Townsend/Winona Rd and turning around at the Walnut Canyon Rd crossing for about 18 total miles. Really enjoyable run on great single track with wide open rolling terrain in Junipers for most of the run and great views of the Peaks and Mt. Elden to the west.
The only down side of the run was that my left foot started hurting underneath the outside edge. It hurt bad enough after mile 15 to stop, rest and massage it for about 5 minutes. The pain got a little better but still quite noticeable for the last few miles of the run. Wasn't sure if I strained it from over training, hitting a rock on the trail or what.
Last Friday: No running to rest the foot. Iced it and did some massage hoping it would recover quickly.
Last Saturday: Traveled with Susan to Santa Fe to visit a friend then go to climb at one of our favorite crags, El Rito, for a couple days. Foot was feeling better so I snuck in a 10 mile run up Atalaya Peak and Picacho Peak on the Dale Ball Trails while Susan was hanging out with her friend in Santa Fe.
Awesome run on excellent trails (their version of our Dry Lake Hills and Mt. Elden Trail System but way better marked with maps and mileage. Very runner friendly!). I caught the sunset as I ran up the steep trail to Atalaya Peak and ran the rest by headlamp with the city lights way below and twinkling stars way above continuing the light show. Amazingly, no foot pain and none after the run. Not even a hint of pain.
Sunday and Monday: Climbed and camped at El Rito with Susan. We had a really good time, yet again, climbing there. That place is just steep, jug hauling fun. Tons of 10's, 11's and 12's to get on and every single one of them a blast to climb. Susan and I haven't been on a climbing trip for a while where the weather, camping, climbing and everything else was all just perfect. Usually, there is something to deal with on a climbing trip (even if it's minor...) like bunk camping, crappy weather, climbing not being as good as we would like or the dreaded epic car problem... not this time.
What a great few days of climbing bliss with my wife...AWESOME! These are the trips you cherish.
It almost didn't happen. We had a bit of a hard time deciding if we would leave town for the three day weekend as we almost stayed to hang out, play around Flagstaff and do house chores but I'm glad we made it work. It's always good to get out of town and have an adventure if we can squeeze it in. Good stuff.
Still no foot pain...
Tuesday: Back to the real world...ran 5 mile on mesa in morning. Felt good so went with three 1 mile tempo runs without the watch. On the last mile my left foot started hurting again. Poop.
Later in the day, I added 2 more miles doing work stuff and then 5 more easy miles on mesa. Foot continued to hurt mildly but just enough to keep worrying about it. Looks like I'm going to have to be more serious about getting over this foot pain thing.
Wednesday: No running. Resting, icing, massaging left foot. I looked into what may be causing my foot pain and it could be all over the place... could be tendon, bone or muscle related. I'm still hoping it's just a small over training or hitting a rock tweak that will go away quickly with a little rest from the pounding of bigger miles and running hard.
My plan as of today...I think I'm going to go with not running much or at all this week, tape up when I do run to support the foot, keep icing and massage going and cross train with riding my bike to keep active. Hopefully, in a week or so I may be able to run a bit more and get the miles up there again to train seriously. I am in the thick of the best training time for Leadville and need to be on it but, of course, if I do more damage to my foot then I may not even make it to the starting line...
Couldn't end this post without congratulating some locals on some super fast times and a new FKT on the Single Crossing of the Grand Canyon. Nice work!!!
Total Miles Last Week: 63 miles with 4,400 feet of elevation gain
Sunday: 0 miles
Monday: 0 miles
Tuesday: 12 miles (5 on mesa TEMPO 3x1 mile in am+ 2 work errands + 5 easy on mesa in pm)
Wednesday: 0 miles