MONDAY: the start of the big taper week. Although it has felt very strange not running as much or as far as I have been in past weeks, the fact I have been consciously taking it easy on my shin has meant that the difference has not felt quite as noticeable (although still quite scary at times!) After the Brighton 10k on Sunday I rested my shin today and crossed trained for an hour to replicate the 8k run I was scheduled to complete, followed by Body Pump. In Pump I avoided doing the lunge track, as this action tends to put a lot of pressure on my shin, and did squats all the way through instead.
TUESDAY: Body Attack class, my shin was comfortable throughout and although lunges were involved, I took them very easily!
WEDNESDAY: again I opted to cross train for an hour before Body Pump, as opposed to running the 8k planned, as I was really aware I did not want to put unnecessary strain on my shin. This was mentally tough as the weather was beautiful outside and I wanted nothing more than to run! I was proud I stuck to my plan though, keeping to my aim of making sensible choices in the days leading up to the marathon.
THURSDAY: today I tentatively ran outside - I felt so nervous and it was only 8k! I just didn't want to be in pain! Luckily my shin felt a lot better - rewind to last Thursday when I was in such pain and sat depressed on the sofa! I am not complacent at all though, it still did not feel perfect but I was happy. The 8k distance felt very short, and I would have liked to have ran further, but I reined in my ambition and finished at the gym to do some stretching and foam roller work.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a steady 5k run on the treadmill with an incline. I also gave my legs a little 20 min spin on the bike with very little resistance just to keep them ticking over (and also to watch the end of the FA Cup football on the TV screen!) Core, stretching and foam roller work afterwards.
SUNDAY: the last long run (see above image) - although 20k felt really short in comparison to previous weeks! I tried to keep to my marathon pace throughout and averaged at 5.42 kilometre splits, which is not too far away from my target of 5.40 km. At first I had that wave of panic hit me 'how on earth am I going to run this marathon!', then I settled into the run and felt good. My troublesome left shin caused me no problems, although I did not dare run without the strapping on. My left IT band however felt a little tight, but not painful - come on left leg we can do this - 1 week to go!!
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