Taper week 1! But its been hard...
MONDAY: Bank Holiday Monday meant a bit of a change in routine. I had planned on just doing my usual Body Pump class but this was cancelled last minute. So I found myself sat at home in gym gear not knowing what to do... anyone who knows me can guess what happened! I ended up in the gym, steadily cross training for about an hour and spending a lot of time with the foam roller.
TUESDAY: back to work and I was hit by a horrible headache which would not shift all day. I could not face the intense intervals I had on my plan, so opted to try a steady 5 miles instead. I felt better for a bit of fresh air and my steady pace did not make my head throb too much, although the drizzling rain was unwelcome!
WEDNESDAY: I woke feeling groggy today, my headache was still lingering in the background, I was sluggish and couldn't keep my body warm. Not good. I took things steady throughout the day and when the evening came, had to think sensibly about what to do. I really wanted to attempt my missed intervals from yesterday, but knew I did not have the energy to do that properly. The thought of another steady 5 miles did not seem that beneficial either. As a bargain I wandered slowly to my gym and cross trained intervals, which made my head hurt slightly less than running, followed by Body Pump.
THURSDAY: a positive start to the day as I was feeling a lot better in myself. It was Sports Massage day though, so I knew I had pain to come, especially after the trouble with my left quad. I was not wrong - my left quad was in a bad way following the muscle spasm a couple of weeks ago, and it was very painful. My sports therapist is amazing though and I can withstand the pain when I know its helping me! She did say however that both my quads were very fatigued, probably as a result of overdoing it a bit recently and not fueling/drinking enough. This left me a little dejected that after all my running efforts I have managed to let my legs get to this state so close to the marathon. I was advised only to run slowly this evening, so I headed out for another 5 miles; the sunshine, the fact I could wear just a vest top, and being able to give my shiny new Garmin a spin (see image) lifted my spirits a little.
FRIDAY: Rest Day - I struggled today with the guilt of how little I had ran this week, and how my training had not been to plan. Tapering is not fun!
SATURDAY: I attempted a faster 5k today, just to give my legs more of a spin after a lot of steady running. I say faster, it was still slow by my standards, but it felt good to get my heart racing a bit.
SUNDAY: my last long-ish run before marathon day! 12 miles was on the plan, which you would think would seem short and relatively easy compared to previous weeks. I would like to say it did, and that the run was pleasurable, but that would be a bit of a lie! It wasn't horrendous by any means, but I never really settled, unsure what pace to keep, scared of tiring my legs more by pushing on hills, constantly thinking about the day itself etc. all mind games! My calves also felt tight and I stopped a couple of times to stretch them - with one week to go my mantra was better safe than sorry!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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