Category Archives: Four Mile Run Trail Run

Long Run + Heat = :(

Saturday, I met with the group for yet another long run.  Even though we started at 8:30am, the sun was already blazing and there was a horrible head wind.  Everyone was going out for 60 minutes, but Sherry and I had to stick to our training plan for  Zooma, so we did the almost 2 hour long run.

I forgot how much heat affects me.  I had a horrible time last spring, when it first got up in the 80’s I’d struggle to run 3 miles, this year, though I can complete the distance, I somehow managed to get even slower than I was before.  WTF, I know.

We met up in Crystal City, ran down Crystal Dr. and took the Four Mile Run trail into Shirlington, then the Barcroft Park trail after that.  I hadn’t been on those trails in a while, and it was nice to be around my old neighborhood again.  We finished our 9 mile run in 1:54 — UGH.  That’s an 12:41 min/mile pace.  Did I really just finish 9 miles in the time it took me to complete 10 miles a month ago?

The headwind was a killer, and with a mile to go, we got caught on a wind gust so strong that we just gave up and walked.  We were literally not moving — after a bit of running you look down and you’re STILL staring at the same rock, you know the wind is stronger than you.  Luckily, we were able to pick it back up about a minute later when the wind gust died down, but that was humbling nonetheless…

Today I came to work armed with my running clothes, my ipod and my camera!  I’ll be doing the run alone again, and hopefully my ipod will help keep me entertained — I don’t remember the last time I ran with music!  I also brought my camera along, and if I remember, I’ll be taking shots of my commute home along the way!  That should help keep me distracted, and I’ll get to share with you guys how pretty my route is.


Filed under Four Mile Run Trail Run, Training, Zooma Training


The reason I haven’t posted all this week, is that my long run on Saturday was a big FAIL.

From the beginning, I just wasn’t feeling it…  My legs felt like lead, I was running even slower than usual, something just was off.  I was moody, I just didn’t feel like running.  But I pushed through.  I was meant to run 2 hours and 20 minutes, and after running over 2 hours last weekend, I knew I could do it.

Not so much.

The front of my right foot started throbbing.  I had felt a bit of pain there in the last couple of weeks, but nothing I couldn’t run through.  This time, it was unbearable, I had to stop.  Exactly a year ago, while training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I had the same issue.  I got new super-wide shoes, and that went away — but then of course, I started getting the pain on my heel, and ditched the shoes at the end of last year.

It had never prevented me from running though.  This time it was so bad, I had to tell Karl to ditch me and run back to the car, while I limped to the nearest street from the trail and waited for him to pick me up.

I only ran 7.7 miles, and that included walking breaks because of the pain…

I researched online and can’t seem to find the cause for it, the one that most describes what I’m feeling is called “hallux limitus” (a premature wearing down and tearing of the cartilage in the 1st mettarso-phalangeal joint) — and though I don’t have any limited mobility on my big toe, the pain I’m feeling is exactly on that joint.

Definitely not great news for someone who still has 3 half-marathons, two 10 milers, and one marathon to go this year, is it?  Not even counting the stuff I haven’t signed up for yet!

This is another reason for me to try to move on to the Five Fingers shoes, but after a 20 minute run with them this week, my calves are screaming bloody murder — it’ll be a while until I’m just running in them.  In the meantime, does anyone know anything I can try?  I was able to dig out my old shoes out of the closet, but seeing I had internal bleeding on my heel because of them, it’s not the most exciting option either.


Filed under Barcroft Park Trail, Four Mile Run Trail Run, Injury, Training, W&OD Trail Run