October 2, 2004
I'm not even tapering, yet I'm going crazy.
My body seems out to get me every few days. After a few happy running days once I started taking voltaren (superultra anti-inflammatory), the plantar fasciitis is back on the left side, and now my right quad is sore for no reason I can think of. It's been like this since Wednesday and nothing really seems to help.
I go out every morning hoping for a decent run, but it just doesn't feel good. Mentally, this is hellish. At least three times a day I decide not to get on the plane to Chicago. After sitting for a while I feel better, so I start to get excited about the race again.
Coach thinks I should do a slow 15 tomorrow for the last long run. I'm not sure. When I'm really down, the last thing I want is to be around people, so I'm not looking forward to running that 15 with the club (we run long together on Sundays). I'm not too wild about my own company either, so the idea of 15 solo isn't appealing either.
Part of me is thinking about cutting way back, I mean way back, like maybe 5-4-3 for the next 3 days to see if this shite starts to heal. I know it sounds weird coming from a mileage junkie, but I don't really see where packing in a few extra miles is is going to help me now.
I'm really not taking this very well at all.
Posted by joe positive at October 2, 2004 4:31 PM
If there's one thing I've learned this season, it's that when I think my training is less than ideal or I don't feel ready to race, there's always a good chance that I will surprise myself. You never know what will happen on race day. Your coach said to try for 3:25 or 3:30 - but if you feel good (especially in the second half of the race) you can always pick it up. Marathon predictions mean very little, you never know what you're capable of until race day. Regardless of how the race goes, you will learn _something_ from the experience, and that will help you in your future marathons.
Good luck on Sunday!!
Posted by: Alison at October 4, 2004 1:23 PM
Good luck in Chi-town this weekend! Meghan
Posted by: Meghan at October 6, 2004 8:34 AM
Oh I hope it's not too late to tell you ... I've been meaning to since last week ... Good luck on Sunday! Don't worry about the things you can't control; just get out there and run smart and dig deep when you need to. You just might surprise yourself. Don't give up before you even start!
Posted by: jenandmats at October 6, 2004 10:17 PM