Remember when I said I had reached my running goals for June and July, so I was increasing my goal for August? Well, I'm not going to reach it.
To catch you up, last week, I ran 3 miles on Tuesday, at about my new normal pace, which is pretty slow.
There was a full moon on Thursday and I had a new running tank, which apparently both helped me have a better pace on my next 3 miles! My pace improved by almost a whole minute?!?
I was very excited to run at the beach and get a new route saved in my app, and didn't even care that it was sprinkling a little when I started running. I was going along at a good clip when the bottom fell out of the sky! It was pouring and I was drenched in seconds. I headed back to the condo, and only wound up doing a little over a mile, but I did take a cute beach post-run pic, in the rain.
I've told y'all about my foot hurting, and I have had a doctor's appointment scheduled for a while, but it took forever to get in to see this doctor. I went Monday, and apparently, I have a bone spur on my heel...see?
I also have planter fasciitis, which is what I figured the foot pain was. They gave me some anti-inflammatory medication, and some home remedies such as ice, stretching and heat to relieve the pain. The doctor also told me it would help if I didn't run for a few days, to give the other remedies a chance to take effect. He said for 9 out of 10 patients, these things help the pain go away, but if conditions don't improve in about a month, to come back and see him for steroid injections in my foot. He said they aren't fun, but they work. I'm praying the other remedies help so I don't have to do that!
So, in August, I ran 23 miles. My goal was 40, so I didn't even come close to it, but I think I have a good reason this month. I plan to not run until at least next week, so I can give my foot time to feel better. That's still 88 miles that I ran in June, July and August...the hottest months of the year. I'm proud of that accomplishment!
Once I see how my foot feels, I will make a goal for September, but I'm really thinking of making it 40 miles. The weather should be cooler, and less humid, which will help make running more pleasant. We'll see how it goes, but for August, I'm done.