Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bellin 10k Race Week + Fun Runs & Good Eats!

At the start of 2016, I had high hopes this would be the year for a big 10k PR. And I planned on Bellin 10k as the race I'd get it done. 

Sometimes plans change! It's Bellin 10k race week - but I have a feeling that I'll be pushing off my PR attempt til later this year. A few reasons:
I've recently struggled with minor plantar fasciitis. It's an issue that came on fast - I actually thought I had bruised foot for a few days. So I've been icing, massaging, stretching, etc. in hopes of getting things in a good enough spot to race decently on Saturday. Miles over the weekend and at the start of this week went well with minimal pain so fingers crossed ... 

My last race and workout got a two thumbs down. During both I struggled through but still couldn't hit my paces. I felt flat and sluggish which is the opposite of how I want to feel going into a goal race.  

Running slug style!

The weather forecast shows a high of 89 degrees on race day. Granted things will be a bit cooler at the start of the race but still far from ideal. I know I don't race well in the heat so this is an extra struggle to brace for in the upcoming days. 

Coach Matt has been very supportive, especially with the PF issue. His most recent instructions were to go back to a simple plan of having fun with the race. So while I would really like to race well, I'm approaching this as a fun opportunity to run faster (hopefully!) with 13,000+ people.

Here's this week's lead up to the race:

Monday: 4 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 5 mile workout, inc. 400, 1600, 400
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 3 glue miles w/strides
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Bellin 10k
Sunday: 5 recovery miles

Total: 30ish miles

Despite the training/race issues, last week was still a pretty awesome. A few splendid happenings:

Milwaukee Running Day - This is a new holiday in MKE and was celebrated with a 4.14 (Milwaukee's area code is 414) mile fun run. It was hosted by the Milwaukee Running Festival and Running in the USA. I met up with a few Oiselle teammates (Sheila, Bettina, Annie and Laura) and also got to hang out with my PRO teammate, Kassandra, and even chatted with Coach Matt for a bit! It was a wonderful evening for the MKE running community to come together. 

I had a blast with these ladies!

Downtown Dining Week - This is one of my favorite weeks during the year and it's a great time to try someplace new - or visit an old favorite! How it works is several restaurants around the Downtown Milwaukee area have special three-course lunch and dinner menus. Some of the menus feature items normally on the restaurant menu but some include things that are only offered for Downtown Dining Week. So far, I have Brown Bottle, Kil@wat, Onesto and Hinterland on my list. 

A delicious lunch at Kil@wat!

New Oiselle Graphic T-shirts - Five years ago, when I first discovered Oiselle, one of my first purchases was a graphic t-shirt. Over the years the shirts have evolved and the newest ones are some of the best yet. I absolutely love the new tri-blend material and the fit is spot on. These t-shirts are perfect for one the run or relaxing after a run!

One of my recent purchases!

A fantastic vet visit for Eddie! At his Tuesday appointment, his vet told me that he is looking great, his kidney levels are good and he has gained nearly a half pound - this is major for a kitty who was around 7.5 pounds. The heart condition is chronic and can't be cured but I was so happy to hear he's doing well right now. I'll continue to do whatever he needs to stay as healthy as possible. 

Such a pretty boy :)

That's my update for the week! Time for you to tell me about your week :)

My questions for you:
  • Do you race well in the heat? What's the hottest you've raced in?
  • Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? If so, how did you treat it?
  • If you're in MKE - where are you eating during Downtown Dining Week?
  • What are a few things that made you happy last week?

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

- ST


  1. I defiantly don't run as well in the heat. We are doing Ragnar Chicago this weekend and the forecast doesn't sound ideal. It will be hot and brutal for first and third legs. At least my second one will be during the night.

    I actually had plantar fasciitis in both of my feet. Very painful injury. I went to physical therapy where they did massage, exercises and electrical stimulation. I also had Performance Running outfitters analyze my run and they set me up with inserts I have been using ever since. I have not had PF since then.

    Good luck on your race. If it doesn't feel good then just run easy and enjoy yourself. There will be other opportunities for PRs. But taking care of your feet and not getting a heat injury is more important than a PR.

    1. Best of luck with Ragnar this weekend - it will definitely be brutal weather for that race! Glad you were able to get your PF resolved. Electrical stimulation sounds interesting!

  2. I never race well in the heat, except for one glorious warm and windy day when I somehow set me 5k or. The warmest I ever raced was an 8k xc race at Parkside, I believe it was about 90 when the race started at noon.
    PF is no fun! I have my fingers crossed yours stays at bay for the duration of Bellin run.

    1. I like the idea of a race that starts at noon but not 90 degree weather. Ew.

  3. I got used to running half marathons in the heat by running the Madison Mini a few times (it's in August). One year it was red flagged, though I didn't know it. :-) This March I ran a half while we were on vacation in Florida. The heat wasn't horrible because the race started in darkness at 6 AM but the humidity was at 100%. That was fun. :-) I was only 5 minutes off my PR though, so I guess I am happy with that!

    Didn't you run in the Rock N Sole the first year when it was really hot and they had the water fiasco? :-)

    I had PF in my right foot a few years ago. It started during marathon training but I kept running. Yeah, not smart. It was my first marathon, and the Chicago Marathon so I felt I had to run it. It got progressively worse and I ended up not running for 3 months until it went away. I would advise not to let your PF get that bad. ;-)

    I think a lot of my issue was from tight calves, so I keep trying to foam roll and work on my calves as well as use a ball under the heel. My massage therapist does some "scraping" on the bottom of my foot that helps. I occasionally have some pain in my heel or arch but I can usually fend it off now.

    Have fun with the race and I hope your PF goes away!

    1. I did run Rock n Sole during the first year but was so new to running that I don't think I really understood that it was too hot to race :) Sometimes ignorance is bliss!

      Glad to hear your PF is under control these days!