I have reached the end of (this) marathon training cycle!!!
And when I say (this) I mean the LAST ONE!
For at least as long as I live in a VERY VERY VERY small town.
Hardest thing I have ever had to do I swear.
(Doesn't mean no to half marathons though!!)
Taper time baby!
And I take my resting during taper very, very seriously!
But before that here is how the last week went down:
After work since when I got out of bed, got dressed AND THEN looked outside I saw it was kinda raining and I was OVER running and soaking wet from the rain after Sundays deluge!
5 miles before work
No rain, 58deg
Not gonna lie, I am at the point where I am just effing tired all the time. And not just that, but my legs are, every single day, in some stage of pain and hurt. Even after a rest day! This happens though in marathon training, I had just forgotten about it...few more days...few more days...
During my run yesterday, I had some 'pain' in my left shin. I kept going and it was fine, but it worried me all day. Was it shin splint, was it my healed fracture from a couple years back, fracturing again? Anyway, I decided to NOT run this morning, but instead walk/ran on my treadmill after work. I figured the softer surface couldnt' hurt. Afterwards I felt the 'pain' again. When I push on it, its more like a shin splint and also when I hop on that leg, no pain so thats a good sign.
I just hope it holds up through Saturdays last long run!
Rest. Rest. And rest some more.
Clear skies, albeit DARK of course (started right at 5am)
I got two almost 3 mile loops in of my normal middle of the street, main road route (adding on to my usual so that it would go faster and with the cooler temps I didn't need water as often)
Then once the skies started lighting up a bit before sunrise, I headed out for 2 loops of Deadwood Trail. Even though its hilly a few times, I needed the extra distance betweeen water breaks to make it not be just the same constant looping through town. I did 2 loops of Deadwood Trail, before starting back to loops through town.
I gotta tell you, I still cannot get use to the fact of being DRY at the end of 20 miles. Obviously I had a layer of salt on me, which is never more apparent than when you shower and can taste it if the water happens to get into your eyes or mouth! LOL.
I came home and got in the cold water of the tub along with 15lbs of ice and made myself stay in there longer than I usually do. I wasn't able to compression up and be horizontal like I did the 20 miler before because I had things going on that prevented that from happening. Oh well.
And then to top it off, worse sin ever, around 2pm I realized that I hadn't eaten a single thing!!!
Just busy, which included loading up a heavy chair and unloading it, moving my living room around and then carrying that thing in (along with the help of a friend thankfully!)
And BTW, NO pain in the shin/leg!!
Nothing. Except I did get both lawns done; knew more rain was coming (as it is it is STILL POURING here as I type this on Monday morning), so at least I got some physical activity in.
I wasn't too sore, but knew had I been able to compression afterwards I would have been in even better shape.
21 days until GO! time!