I keep thinking what did I do wrong? I have listened to my body throughout training and haven’t had any pain. After my 20 miler my muscles were sore, but nothing hurt. So I thought it was okay to run my 6 miles last Monday as planned. Again, my muscles were sore but even after my run nothing hurt. And then I wake up Tuesday morning with a pain in my shin that hurts even when I walk?? What the heck? Where did I go wrong?
While I ponder that, I continue to not run until my leg feels better. For now I’m relying on biking to keep my cardiovascular system in shape and I have tentative plans to mix in some swimming, too (no one say anything about triathlons, my focus is the marathon and you can save those suggestions for later).
I am doing lots of icing and some gentle stretching. But for the time being I have laid off of the foam roller and the Stick. I think my leg needs a few days to just calm the heck down.
My will and determination are still there. I still want to run the race this November more than anything. Don’t think I’m throwing in the towel. But I will say that my morale is a little low right now.
|Trying to keep this in mind|
As I had mentioned, I was on top of the world after my 20 miler. It was crushing to wake up last Tuesday with that pain in my lower leg and was made worse when I couldn’t do my long run this past weekend. That being said, I have come up with the following options:
Option 1: Spend the rest of the week doing cross training, run 20 miles as planned on Saturday (which would be my last long run before taper).
Option 2: Spend the rest of the week doing cross training, run a shorter final long run (16-18 miles) on Saturday before taper.
Option 3: Spend the rest of the week doing cross training, run 13 mile long run on Saturday.
Clearly, all of these options are under the assumption that my leg is feeling better after taking a week off of running. I don’t really have any contingency plans if my leg is not feeling better by Saturday. Any suggestions?
I’m most scared that my dreams of my first full marathon are in jeopardy (possibly a little dramatic at this point). I’m also scared that my ability to complete the marathon may be in danger if I cannot finish my training plan as written. If I can’t do another 20 miler or even another longer long run (over 13 miles), does the 20 miler I did five weeks out from my race benefit me at all come race day?
Which option do you think is my best one? Or do you have a different suggestion?
Have you ever been in a situation like mine? What did you do?
What do you do when you can’t do your preferred form of exercise?