In true pre-race fashion, my body has been bothering me since this past weekend.
I keep hoping it will go away, but essentially, it feels like both legs and my lower back are all in a giant conspiracy against a half PR. Everything hurts all day long. Hips, piriformis, knees, calves, Achilles even obliques and rhomboids. Strangely, I had all of these problems LAST year right before this very same race.
It started on Saturday after our sub-freezing run. I took Sunday and Monday easy with lots of stretching and felt great on Tuesday, so I pushed myself speed-wise on a tempo run only to have everything start hurting again.
So, we’ve been spending some quality time with our Yoga for Runners DVD. If any of you Yogis can help with a modified version of the cow face pose, we would appreciate it since neither of us can get our legs to do anything resembling the nice man in the video. We are however, really good at mooing every time the word “cow” comes up!
Yesterday’s Easy Threesy felt ok, but still not 100%.
I don’t know if this is taper weirdness, or something I’m making up in my head to get out of running in the cold (p.s., the “magic” is gone now that everything is just muddy and icy and cold), or if I do really have body issues that need addressing by a professional. I’m also planning on buying some new shoes this weekend, so maybe that will help? Mostly, I want to make sure that come next week, none of this is an issue.
So, as I attack Half #6 this weekend, I am going to approach it far more cautiously than I would like to. I’m going to run a comfortable pace, but if I start feeling any tightness anywhere, I’m going to lay off of it a bit (This is a lie. Put me in a race, and there is no way that I’m backing down if I have the energy not to…but I’ll try!). PR’s are fun, but not being injured is more fun, so I’m attempting to prioritize my options here!
And regardless, this is a fun race. They have giant Chinese dragons along the course, and local bands every mile to add to the flavor. Plus, Phoenix is WARM! Looking at the forecast has been almost heavenly this week.
We’ll see how it goes. Marathon Reflection Monday will make it’s return next week (weird that I’m more excited for that than for actual marathon training), but until then, enjoy your (hopefully) holiday weekend! Meanwhile I’ll try to make it through 13.1 miles without breaking myself.