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Injury, Marathon, Musings, Races, Tri

Nervous and Un(der)prepared

I’m looking ahead, noticing Boston on my calendar and panicking. Thanks to this stupid injury, I’ve done minimal running in recent weeks and certainly haven’t hit anything long. Those 3 pre-race 20 milers? Not even on my radar.

I was so good about starting marathon training on time, and I had a solid long run plan worked around all my tri-focused sessions. And then it all went to hell. I’m not worried about finishing — and Boston is not about a PR — but I want to cross that line happy and healthy and proud of my race. With minimal miles on my legs, I’m not sure how that’ll shake out come April 18.

I worked so hard to qualify. This sucks.

I have two tests coming up — the National Half in a week (uh oh) and the GW Parkway 10-Miler on April 10. I’m hoping I come through both of those relatively pain free and feeling like I can pull off a marathon without screwing over my entire tri season. Mainly because I’ll be racing my first 70.3 just one month later.

I’ve run on the road twice this week — short and easy runs both times — and have felt pretty good. That one sore spot still is tender to the touch, but it’s not bothering me while I’m moving. I’m stretching and foam rolling like a madwoman, and I can definitely feel a difference in my muscle tightness. After checking in with Brian from SSPT, the plan is to keep up this routine and stick mainly to the pool for the rest of the week with a few outdoor runs thrown in and then reevaluate on Monday. At that point we’ll decide whether there are additional exercises/stretches, possible benefits to taping, etc. Here’s hoping I don’t need any of that.

Have you ever gone into a race unprepared? Any physical or mental strategies for making it work?

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3 thoughts on “Nervous and Un(der)prepared

  1. I think you already have the right attitude. Boston will be an experience, not a PR race. If you take your time and just have fun, it should go well!

    Of course, I hope your legs are all better by then, too 🙂

    Posted by Beth | March 16, 2011, 10:12 PM
  2. I was having this same conversation with myself this morning re: Eugene. I’m only 1 20 miler behind my teammates at this point, but my overall mileage has been significantly lower than past seasons and I don’t see it ramping up anywhere close to that point without sustaining another injury. I can’t decide if I’m ok with this or not. As it is, things have been cranky this week after a great last week. Do I back off a little and risk being less prepared or keep going as-is and potentially not make it to the start line? The answer is clearly the first one but it’s hard to imagine going into a marathon not having completed a full training cycle.

    In other words, want to meet for more pool time next week?

    Posted by amy | March 17, 2011, 9:01 AM
  3. I’ve gone into a race woefully unprepared. No matter what, I’m pretty sure your Boston will be 10 million times better than the marathon I did with a 5 mile long run as my peak training week. So there’s that…

    Otherwise, your fitness is so there. Definitely just think of Boston as a fun run. Take it super easy and enjoy being in the most magical marathon of all!

    Posted by Emily | March 17, 2011, 2:58 PM

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