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Recovery – Kinesiology Tape, Compression Sock and Night Splint

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After the injury plagued debacle followed by the emotionally disappointing and yet self-assured smart decision of suspending the training last weekend, I took the early part of the week completely off to see how my feet were doing. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t do anything in terms of getting this recovery progressing.

In fact, a couple of items that I purchased arrived in the mail, and it turned out that quite a pleasant surprise exceeded my expectations in terms of home remedy. Now I am quite looking forward to the full recovery of my right foot from plantar fasciitis and left leg from shin splint. Read More…

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Week 11 – Endurance

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What began as a well planned out week resulted in a rather disappointing end. Because the weekend’s long run was supposed to be a 20 miler, I wanted to reschedule the runs throughout the week leading up to Sunday, and it went pretty good till Saturday when I hit the gym. And then the inevitable Sunday long run time came and I learned that things could unfold unexpectedly. Read More…

Week 10 – Motivation, Challenges and Bounce Back

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This past week had some challenges. One of those days when the level of self-motivation hits the bottom snuck up on me in the middle of the week. It was heavily influenced by the serious long day at work, and even though I bounced right back up and caught up with the next day’s mileage, the pressure on keeping up with the weekly mileage was mounting. Read More…

Week 9 – Endurance Building, 600-Mile Milestone and 18 Mile Weekend Run

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Another week for building endurance came and went. As far as how it went down, I must say it was very productive. I exceeded my weekly mileage by 4.5 miles, even after the 18 mile weekend long run. I pushed myself running 7.25 miles 3 days in a row to build endurance. I also remembered to look back at the half marathon time that I had at the Duke City Marathon in ABQ, NM back in 2009, and it was quite interesting to see how far I’ve come in the past less than 6 years. And I am 100 miles closer to this year’s 1,100 mile goal than 18 days ago. Read More…

Week 8 – Strength Training and VDOT O2

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This week turned out to be quite the opposite of what I had in mind in terms of the scheduled runs. Although I ran only just over 30 miles this week, my focus was actually on strength training and recovery as the weekend long runs are seriously getting longer by every other weekend. Read More…

6th Week of 20-Week Training, Rain and Glutes

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What a week! On the workfront, a couple of long days at work somehow made the entire week feel like never-ending. And the downpour that came and got us all excited about last Thursday meant that I was not able to do my usual evening run. But that is not how the past week went down at the end. Read More…

Fartlek Run and Daniels’ Running Formula

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Fartlek had to come in the picture.

When I decided to work with the new training program, I was quite excited about the new challenges and the new possibilities.

But my right foot injury occurred. Since then, I’ve been anxiously waiting for the plantar fasciitis to lapse. Although it is mild, and as much as I want to get the training started, I didn’t want to take a chance. So, I haven’t even walked to work like I did before when my left foot in a worse shape. Part of me figured that my right foot could use rest while not walking at all. Read More…