Today was a test of sorts. There is an Olympic distance duathlon about an hour away from my “man cave” in Tampa next weekend, and that fits perfectly into my Chasing Fifty plan. I still have an Olympic duathlon and triathlon to complete before my birthday in September, and time is running out. I’ve been so focused on the triathlon that I have let the duathlon take a back seat. The race series next weekend is a great opportunity. The problem is that I haven’t run anything more than 3 miles in over 6 weeks. The second running leg next weekend is 5.8 miles, so I needed to prove to myself today that I had it in my, and my foot was in good enough shape.
I did my run first thing in the morning, but it was already in the high 70s or low 80s, with really thick humidity. That combination has been wreaking havoc with my average pace all week, but I’ve been happy just to be back on the road. This morning was no different. I haven’t downloaded my run into Nike + yet, but I felt like the two or three miles in the middle were a bit faster than the first and last. Overall, though, the average pace was somewhere between brontosaurus and wooly mammoth.
But, I finished all 5 miles without any heel pain, and I was still walking by late in the day. I logged a 40 mile ride on the tri bike yesterday morning, and even though that puts less strain on the Plantar Fascia muscle, the repetition can still aggravate the point where it attaches to the heel. Even with both workouts over the weekend, my foot feels like it’s in pretty good shape. I was a little sore by the end of the day, but I’ve spent most of the past two days on my feet for a variety of reasons. Bottom line is, I think I’m good to go.
So, I’ve registered for the Moss Lake Duathlon on Saturday. It’s a little last minute, but I should be able to “just train through it”, as the hero of “Sh*! Triathletes Say” would say. The race is only an hour away, but that’s farther than I normally travel for an event. I’ll need to start making my packing lists early in the week, since I’ll be stuck with whatever I have in the suburban. It will be good to get back into a race… I haven’t done one since the marathon in March. I’ll let you know how it goes.