I’m hobbling around like I just ran a marathon and yet Chicago is still five days away.
My calves are so insanely tight that I have to put in effort to walk properly. This is not at all how I envisioned the final week of my training to go. I’ve been so dedicated to doing things the right way: I’m hydrating, I’m stretching, I’m even foam rolling (which I hate to do). A week ago I was happily in the taper and ready to glide my way up to the starting line. Now I’m holding a mini-freak out in.
I spoke to my coach last night and she gave me a much needed pep-talk and lots of good advice. From now until race day I’m going to rest up and mentally prepare for the task ahead. There are no more runs left in this training cycle for me… wow. Time flies when you’re having fun!
Thank you to everyone who recommended wearing compression socks. I have no idea if it’s a placebo effect or not, but slipping them on did make me feel marginally better.
(An extra special thank you to my friend Susan who shared some wise words that helped me take a step back from the ledge I was ready to jump off of last night!)
The most frustrating thing about this whole calf situation is that it seemingly came out of no where and I can’t pinpoint a cause. That makes me feel helpless because I don’t know what to blame or exactly what to do to make it better. My coach said based on my description that it’s just general tightness/soreness and not an injury so it will be fine by Sunday.
Sometimes our bodies just do weird things in the taper. Ugh.
I’m going to try REALLY HARD to not stress about this and to also not stress about how the race day weather keeps getting warmer and warmer.
The current weather prediction calls for a high of 74* with abundant sunshine. I’m not really a big fan of this latest prediction to be honest. The 10K I ran over the weekend had very similar weather and by the end I felt quite hot.
I’d much rather have the weather that’s being predicted for Friday or even Saturday! Hopefully it shifts a bit towards the cooler end over the next few days.
Until Sunday I am going to focus on all of the positive things going on in my life right now:
- I have 2 days off of work for the race
- I’m taking a mini-vacation to Chicago
- It looks like we’re going to avoid rain on race day
- I’ve already done my laundry for the week
- The Miami Dolphins fired our awful head coach yesterday
So much to be thankful for 🙂 .
What is your ideal race day temp?
Warmest race you’ve ever run?