Cutting Down Week

After about 12 weeks of getting 40+ miles in a week, I decided to take it “easy” this week. 

Looking at totals, I know 30+ miles isn’t quite an easy week. I still ran every day (I’m at 128 days of my running streak!). And, I still got in my step goal (11,000 steps) each day. But I was intentional about not running as much this week and didn’t get in my usual mid-week 7 miler.  Instead, here’s what the week looked like: 

Sunday was a GREAT run. I don’t know why, but the whole time I felt great. I did a 10K, while B and the kids went on a bike ride. They rode alongside me for about half of it, pushing me to go fast and I even got one sub-9 minute mile. I was elated — I hadn’t felt that good running in some time!

But, Monday, I woke up with some severe plantar fasciitis pain. But I’m pretty serious about #nevermissamonday (I’ve only missed one in 2020, and that was when I had the flu and didn’t even get out of bed!) and didn’t want to mess up my streak, so I decided to try to run 1 mile. It was actually pretty nice outside, so I ended up running and walking a 5k. The rest of the day I stretched, iced, and rolled that foot out. So much that I was able to run every day this week. I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it, and continue to give it some TLC, hoping that it gets better soon.

I also had a few HOT runs this week. It was humid and almost 80 degrees two days before dawn when I ran! As hard as it is to run (and breathe) when it’s that hot and humid out, I still prefer it to freezing temps and am not ready for winter to be here.

My hair is getting SO long (I haven’t been to a hairdresser since the pandemic!), and it was sticky on my neck one morning, so I pulled it up into a running bun! I’ve not had much success with running buns, but for some reason, this morning’s bun stayed put and definitely kept me cool.

And that’s a wrap! We’ll see what next week entails. Hopefully some healing of my foot? We shall see …

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? How did you get better (without taking days off)?
  • How do you do your hair when you run — in a pony tail or something else?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.


8 thoughts on “Cutting Down Week

  1. Ugh to PF! I’ve had it a few times; most notably when I was training for Big Sur! I went to Sports Medicine and she worked with me to help me get ready. I did a lot of deep water running, which was a great substitute. I also cycled. It was bad. I have to say that really nothing helped it get better except time off the road. I hope that isn’t the case for you! Hang in there!

  2. I’ve had PF a twice it’s no fun at all. I slept w the strasbourg sock which really helped, iced and stretched everyday. I had to take off running for it to go away. I think that is unfortunately the way to get to it heal. Good luck and keep us posted

  3. Oh no! Hope the PF clears up. I’ve never had it but my husband has had quite the battle. I’m a huge fan of the power bun for running (do a pony tail and then wrap the tail into a bun and hold it with a 2nd elastic). I got my first pandemic haircut last week and now my hair isn’t quite long enough to do a pony so I’m trying to figure out what the heck to do with it. Runner’s hair problems!

  4. I hope your PF fades away as quickly as it came on. Knock wood, I’ve never had it. That’s awesome you’re able to run so well in the heat. I just loathe it. I finally got my first haircut since before Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. I hate to say it but she didn’t take enough off.

  5. PF is evil. I’ve had it twice, once on each foot. For me, taping my arches before long runs (anything 8+) seems to help tons. Also, massaging my arches before getting out of bed relieved a lot of that initial OUCH feeling first thing in the morning. Thankfully, I’ve been PF-free for 4 years. I almost always do a messy bun for running…just a high pony tail that I don’t “pull all the way through” the hair tie on the final “twist.” It leaves kind of a big loose loop that is secured pretty tight.

  6. Plantar fasciitis is the WORST. I had it last year and I was miserable. It helped to stretch my calves and use a foot roller/massage or what it is called. I also took a few weeks from running to recover. Take care of it.

    I do a running bun too. My hair is not that long since I did cut it in June, but I’d rather not have hair sticking to my neck/face while I run.

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