Can’t get my foot wet? No problem.
So, this happened.
Back to square one. Five months after my first surgery, I realized I wasn't where I needed to be to train hard. I could walk, and drive, and exercise, and swim, but running and riding was still a little painful and I could not push myself to the level I wanted for my first triathlon in late June. So, I decided to get the second surgery over with. This way the recoveries will overlap, and when I'm ready to train again I know I won't have to start all over a year or two later. 🔸First milestone: 6 weeks, upper body training can begin again! 🔸Second milestone: 7-8 weeks, weight bearing with the boot. 🔸Third milestone: 11-12 weeks, swimming! — #️⃣#surgery #footsurgery #surgeryrecovery #bunion #bunions #bunionectomy #bunionsurgery #pain #ouch #couchpotato #healing #nomoretraining #pause #break #startingover #round2 #onemoretime #lasttime #onceandforall #triathlete #goals #comingbackstronger #betterthanever
The last post I wrote was very optimistic. I had gotten on the bike and tried my first brick workout. I felt great.
However, the Sunday after the brick workout Bruno and I went to Ithaca for the weekend. We rode our bikes a little bit and walked around, and by the end of the weekend my foot was sore, swollen, and throbbing. On our way back, we had a sudden realization in the car: I can’t train yet.
My foot is not really ready to train yet 😦
So, should I just get the other surgery? I went to see my doctor the very next day. There are many factors that helped me make the decision, and long story short, we decided to replace triathlons with another recovering foot this year.
I will try to post a little snippet of my second recovery daily, because this is once and for all and I want to be able to remember. Check back daily to ride this roller coaster with me!
Click Continue Reading below to see a before and (2 days) after shot.
This is it!! Just one week before the big day! Instead of describing my super boring taper-week workouts, I decided to write about my plan for race day. One of my 5 planned steps to try to improve my marathon time drastically was to run a smarter race. Last year I decided to improvise, I started too fast, and I ended up hitting the wall before mile 16. This tim I know the course, I have my experience, and I have a plan.
First, I divided the course into 8 sections: the pack, the bridges, south side, the awful climb, rolling hills, the grind, back down, and the last stretch. From my experience doing the full marathon last year and the half marathon two years ago, I sort of know what to expect from each section. So, I have several plans with target paces for each section. I made several plans so that I can make adjustments on race day. The most ambitious plan has me crossing the finish line in 3:01:33 and qualifying to Boston, the most conservative one in 3:33:27, two minutes slower than last year (I hope it doesn’t come down to that).
Before describing the plan, I’m happy to report that my new hat arrived in the mail today. Now, my marathon outfit is complete, and I am very happy with it. I am concerned it is a bit too matchy-matchy, but my wife likes how it looks and that is good enough for me. What I really love about it is how light it is (except for my Fenix 3). I was more worried about overheating than about muscle fatigue. So, I decided to ditch the compression gear. Instead, I went with super-light breathable fabrics, short socks and short shorts, and a white tank and hat to protect me from the sunlight as much as possible.
OMG OMG OMG 🚨🚨 only 1 week to go for the Pittsburgh marathon!!! 🏁🏃🏻🏃🏻🎽🌇 #GameOnPGH #pghmarathon @pghmarathon —- It is going to be close. I have no doubt I can PR. I'm quite confident I'll make the 3:15 mark, probably 3:10, maybe even 3:05. I'm not so optimistic about making the cut for Boston, but I'm still going to try. If I get to mile 20 in under 2:30 and my legs haven't given up I'm gonna fly those last miles. #bqtraining 🐎🐎💨💨 — My new gorgeous Ciele hat arrived today. So now I have all my gear ready. Just need my bib and I'm good to go 😎🎽👍🏼#cieleathletics #newtonshoes #nikerunning #garminfenix3 — #hellobetter #marathontraining #runningfashion #gearcheck #runswag #happyrunner #marathonrunner #hellobetter #findyourfast #beatyesterday #roadtoironman #roadtoboston #pittsburghmarathon2016 #pittsburghmarathon #triathlete #trilife #swimbikerun #runnerofsteel #runnerscommunity #fitfam #prerace #momentoftruth
I usually train with Newton Gravity shoes or Newton Distance IIIS. For race day, I like to run with Newton Distance III (without the S) which are much lighter than the gravities, and a bit lighter than the IIIS. My hat had to be from Ciele, I just love how well they fit, and how they manage to stay dry much better than other brands. For the socks I knew I wanted Nike elites. I love these socks but I usually find it hard to justify spending $18 on a pair of socks, a marathon seems like a good excuse. For the shorts and singlet I went with Nike, just because they are the only brand I could find that sold 2″ shorts that were not black or grey.
Continue reading to see my actual race plan…
This is it folks. Only two taper weeks remaining before the Pittsburgh Marathon. Other than a week I got the flu, and a week I had a lot of business related travel, I was very faithful to my planned schedule. I hope it was enough. Two things I know for sure: (1) it has been fun, but (2) I am so ready to take a little marathon-training break and switch to not having to do a super long run every weekend, at least for a little while.
I feel proud of my effort, but I don’t think it will be enough to qualify to Boston. I would have to run at a 7:00 pace, and I think 7:10 is a much more realistic expectation. We’ll see. I will wait until next week when my legs aren’t this sore to make a pace plan for race day.
Originally, it was supposed to be peak week. But, as usual, I had to make some adjustments along the way. With longer runs and bike rides, I haven’t had time to do as much strength work and swimming as before, which I guess it is ok at this point. Instead, I totalled close to 40 running miles, which is a lot for me. Also, I’m riding my bike everywhere now that the weather allows it.
- Monday — Les Mills Grit™ HIIT class + 100yard cool-down swim
- Tuesday — 5.33 miles hill workout @ 7.33 mins/mile. I was supposed to do 7 miles, but my legs were killing me so, I skipped the last two hill repeats)
- Wednesday — 16.2 bike ride @ 16.1 mph. I wanted to go a lot faster, but I faced really strong cross-wind the entire way.
- Thursday — 12.17 mile run @ 7:28 min/mile
- Friday — Rest day
- Saturday — Upper body lifting session
- Sunday — 19.01 miles early-morning long run @ 7:47 min/mile
I planned a half marathon for Tuesday and a 20+ miler for Sunday. In the end, I cut the half marathon short, and I dropped the + of my twenty miler stopping exactly when my Garmin read 20.00. As a result, I was half a mile short from doing my first ever 40 mile week. Still, I had some seriously good runs, and I am satisfied with my performance and proud of my effort.
- Monday — Rest day
- Tuesday — 11.31 mile run to Beaver Stadium and back @ 7:14 min/mile
- Wednesday — Brick workout consisting of a 1.5k swim workout followed by a 17.56 bike ride @ 16.1 mph with a hill in the middle (just a cat 4, but it is my first hill bike ride of the season, so, I felt it all right)
- Thursday — 8.01 miles interval run @ 6:36 min/mile
- Friday — Full body lifting session
- Saturday — Les Mills Grit™ HIIT class + 100yard cool-down swim
- Sunday — 20mile long run @ 7:32 min/mile
19 miles before dawn
Week 13 was as busy as it can be. But, at this point, cancelling my long run would have amounted to giving up a lot of my expectations and ruining a lot of my effort. So, I scheduled the run for the only time I could fit in in my schedule. I set up my alarm for 3:00, put on a reflective vest my wife got in Ikea, and I managed to finish my 19 miles before dawn. To be honest, I really enjoyed the last part of the run. As the sun was coming out and I was pushing the last two miles I felt like a breathing walking (running?) inspirational quote 🙂
1 year of progress
This is it, the longest run and the last really tough workout of the cycle. I’m happy I started early, because Spring suddenly arrived and the temperature was already in the high 70s by the end of my run. I felt strong for most of the run and I almost met my target time of 2 hours 30 minutes (I was short by less than 2 minutes).
The last two miles were extremely hard. So hard that I almost want to wonder whether I am ready to do 26 miles in two weeks. But I know I am, because this is not my first time around. Last year, two weeks before Pittsburgh, I did a 20 miler, almost like this one but with a couple of differences. Last year, my pace was 8:52 min/mile and not 7:32, and it was the last 4 miles that I struggled and not just the last 2. So, I know I’m ready ad excited to run Pittsburgh once again!!
What a wonderful run!! — It was my last long run in preparation for the @pghmarathon 20miles @ 7:34 pace #GameOnPGH — I did three 6-8 mile loops around my place. The last one was really hot and my legs were really tired, but it was also the best because my wonderful wife @kibilds escorted me with her bike 🏃🏻🚴🏼❤️❤️ — Now I'm ready for a 2-week taper and then my second marathon!! — Also good luck to everyone running the Boston Marathon today!!! #runbold If I do well in Pittsburgh maybe I'll get to run it next year #bostoninmymind — #longrunsunday #hellobetter #beatyesterday #fitcouple #newtonrunning #marathonrunner #marathontraining #runloud #riseandrun #roadtoironman #trilife #runnershigh #runnerspace #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runchat #outsideisfree #runnershoutouts #runnerofsteel #furtherfasterstronger #happyrun #runeatsleeprepeat #swimbikerun #runitfast #20miles #longrun