Oct 12, 2009

Is it just me?

When the marathon is two months away I invariably wish it was just two weeks away. But now that it is only two weeks away I always wish it was back to two months away. Is it just me or is everybody like that?

I've been feeling a very mild cold in my throat and chest the past three or four days. Not really anything to affect me but I can tell it is there when I breath. So with just two weeks left before the Marine Corps marathon, I bagged the long run over the weekend. I also seem to be fighting some leg pain that isn't usual. My left heel hurts, my upper hamstrings/lower buttocks feel strained, calves are a little sore. Not sure what all this is about. It's like my shoes need to be replaced but they only have a couple hundred miles on them and I can usually get 500-600 before I replace them. So my taper has gone from two weeks to a little closer to three weeks. Oh well, hopefully that will allow me to get my legs straightened out.

Today was two warm up miles and then five at about 7:30.

All in: 7 at 7:54.


LBG said...

Those little aches and pains always start to crop up right before the marathon, don't they? Also, having a cold often comes with body aches, so maybe the cold is exacerbating what would normally be barely noticed leg aches.

Dr. Bill

Beth said...

I think 3 weeks is good for a taper. I agree, those aches and pains always seem to crop up during a taper. Try not to worry. You are going to do great!

lindsay said...

i definitely feel the same way on the time line... hurry up and get here / can we jump back in time?

hope the little aches and pains are working their way out in the taper. i think those are normal as well.

AZ said...

Thanks for the comments guys. Yes, I agree, the "phantom pains" definitely have a way of developing during the taper. Somehow these feel different though. Have to wait and see I guess.

Jean said...

I understand where you are coming from, AZ. I've been feeling a little sluggish in my taper and I can relate to that feeling of a mild cold. Part of me thinks it is just the change in the weather, but of course, everything gets overanalyzed during my taper!

Take care, and stay well!