ilanarama: my footies in my finnies (snorkeling)
[personal profile] ilanarama
It's unsurprising that the last few weeks before a race tend to be filled with disaster and depression, and most especially the phenomenon known by runners as 'taper madness' or 'taper tantrums'. My training has come to a peak, which is very hard on the body. Everything has been working toward the point which is now less than two weeks from now - so naturally, everything is going wrong.

The biggest problem, at the moment, is that I seem to have strained my soleus (the deep calf muscle). On Monday I ran an easy 6 miles with hill sprints, felt fine, though my peroneal tendinitis was bothering me a bit more than usual. In the evening when I did my core routine I noticed my calves, especially my right calf (the one with tendinitis) were tight, so I made sure to do a little stretching (which I don't do often enough) along with my exercises. But on Tuesday morning my calves still felt tight, and when I headed out on my run, my right calf felt like a block of wood, unresponsive and stiff.

Despite the odd feeling in my calf, I had a great workout. My run was 2 miles easy, 3MP (which averaged 7:42), 3 minutes easy (which was not particularly slow, 8:15 pace), 3HMP (which averaged 7:19), and then easy home, which was another mile and a half, for a total of just under 10 miles. Except as I headed home I felt like my calf was even tighter - usually it loosens up as I run - and after I went upstairs and took my shower, I found it hurt to go down the stairs!

I didn't run yesterday (Wednesday), and I bailed on my planned Turkey Trot today. I have been self massaging and foam rolling (using the excellent resources at I don't think it's a tear, or something severe enough that I'll have to cancel the marathon - at least, I hope not. No idea how many days I'm going to need to take off; as they say, 'the hay is in the barn' and I don't need to do more workouts, but hope I can get a run or two in before the marathon.

You'd think that this would be enough for the vengeful gods to throw at me, but, no. My husband's had some sort of respiratory ick for the past two weeks - I've been sleeping in the guest room, washing my hands fifty times daily, and taking vitamin C / echinacea / zinc supplements. So far, so good, but I'm terrified I'm going to come down with it.

Of course I'm stressing about the weather, too. We're just getting into that timeframe where forecasts are possible and...they're not that great. It's looking like wind and rain, bleah.

I'm not in the best of moods, as you can imagine. So, naturally...I get my period! I'm at that stage in my life where it's so irregular as to be random, and it's also become heavier than it used to be, and lasts longer. If I was in a normal state of mind I would probably rejoice, since this means I'm unlikely to be having it during the race, but after reading horror stories of perimenopausal women with month-long periods, I'm just hoping it GOES AWAY NOW PLEASE.

Ah, well. Taper tantrums. I'm self-medicating with alcohol and chocolate, and crossing my fingers, and hoping for the best, because there is nothing else I CAN do.

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Date: 2013-11-28 09:05 pm (UTC)
blnchflr: Running (running)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
Oh, I hope you don't come down with anything and that the calf just needs the taper rest to be fit again!

I twisted my foot and knee a little bit the other day, but I don't have a race coming up, so it's just annoying to not be able to run AGAIN, not devastating or anything > :[

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Date: 2013-11-30 02:41 pm (UTC)
blnchflr: Captain America Civil War (Default)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr

Myeah, they're unhappy enough that I'm still not running. Maybe tomorrow.

Yeah, I have a Garmin FR 210. IT SUCKS - ok, ipad, no need to shout - at picking a satellite signal, though.

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Date: 2013-11-29 01:27 am (UTC)
traveller42: (Default)
From: [personal profile] traveller42
Except for the obvious, I've been there. I hope for the best.

Fingers, toes, and eyes!

Hang tough, lady!

Date: 2013-11-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ugh. I could've written this myself, minus the soleus, add a finger-slicing incident. Taper is always dramatic for me, too. It's like stupid little things happen to me. Sometimes it's falling, sometimes other little accidents, never fails.

Wear a face mask at home. Seriously, stay clear. No sugar for your hubby. Cut him off until after the race.

And the weather... I too am looking at a crappy forecast. Maddening, but uncontrollable.

Rest up, you will turn this around! HUGS! :)


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Date: 2013-12-01 06:09 pm (UTC)
canetoad: (Default)
From: [personal profile] canetoad
FWIW, I second your opinion that the resources are indeed excellent. Not surprised to hear the calf is feeling better already. :)

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Date: 2013-12-02 11:31 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm sure I commented on this before, as a signed Anonymous after it wouldn't accept my OpenID login. Maybe I failed the captcha, too!

It was only to say I have my fingers crossed for you on all counts! Sounds like the calf count is no longer required. Wishing you a smooth countdown!

Kris A


ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (Default)

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10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
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