I'm in that limbo of feeling ready to take on a marathon Right This Minute, to Wait A Minute, Am I Really Ready?
Pez was still a bit sore on Monday, so to be on the safe side, I bagged my recovery run, and rode my bike instead. I went into PT, and Michelle asked me where I ran for my 18 miler. After I told her I did the whole thing on the treadmill without stopping, she looked at me, and said if I could do that right now, I'm ready for the full 26.2. I kind of agree with her. I was ready to be finished at 18, my feet hurt, but I could have done 8 more, I just wouldn't have been very happy about it.
But then she suggested that I forget about doing any more really long runs, to focus on cross training as much as possible, and do shorter runs. Her concern is that, now that Pez is healing, I don't want to aggravate it any further, and possibly bruise it.
It makes sense to me, but it scares me. I don't belong to a gym, and the pool is closed for winter. I was planning on running 20 miles this weekend, then start to taper off. But now I might stick to maybe 13, then taper the long runs.
And here's why:
- Last September I ran a marathon, then stayed active through the winter with exercise DVD's, and the treadmill.
- I ran outside starting in February, on very hilly roads, which ended in May, with a 10 mile race, where I PR'd by 8 minutes.
- Then I sprained my foot while walking Frank, and took a few weeks off while I healed, then eased into my new custom orthotics.
- Then I started biking, swimming, and running, training for my first sprint triathlon, in August.
- I took a week off, then started an 18 week marathon training plan.
- I hit all my runs, cross trained, but about a month ago, Pez started acting up, and I missed a 16 miler, and a 17 miler, while I rested for a week.
- I've been modifying my training plan, had some great runs, and a confidence boosting 18 mile run.
- I know there are training plans out there that max out at 18, although the longest run on mine is 21 miles.
That said, I realize I have a solid base.
At this particular moment, Pez feels fine.
So I think I'm going to take each day as it comes, although this is the first time I'm not following my training plan to a T, especially at this point in the game.
Which is where the nerves kick in.
But I'll keep on stretching, doing exercises, and using all of these: