No, that is not Emz’s treadmill reading from this morning! That is my weight as of last night. I hear all you guys talking about how much weight you have gained and lost during taper and the race, so I just want to see what happens with mine over the next three weeks! Before beginning marathon training, mine hovered in the 128-133 range. Since training began, it’s been more in the 133-138 range. 140 is my scary number. I’ve come close a time or two, but I haven’t hit it yet! I’m sure things will return more to normal once the race is behind me.
Up to this point, I’ve been filled with a mixture of fear, excitement, dread, and awe about my upcoming RnR Vegas marathon. Now that it’s just a little over two weeks ago (gasp!!!) most of that mixture is gone. Now I’m just left with a severe case of insomnia and butterflies. (Okay, I can’t really blame the race for the insomnia. That’s been going on for quite a while. I thought the new mattress would help. It has not.)
I asked for your opinions on my long runs last week, and I took the advice you gave. I ran 15 miles on Sunday. While there was much stretching and quite a bit of walking, I completed the 15 miles at well under the Vegas cutoff pace. As things are now, I don’t care if it takes me every second of that 5:30 to finish. I just want to finish, and if I have to stop and stretch 4,000 times during that 26.2 miles to get ‘er done, that’s exactly what I’ll do. It held up pretty well during the 15 but I was hurting pretty badly afterwards. I rested it Monday and Tuesday and by last night I was able to run 5 miles relatively pain free. I’ve been experimenting more with a pain relief regimen, and I’ve come up with a combination that seems to be keeping me moving: LOTS of foam rolling, ibuprofen (low doses several times a day), Biofreeze, elevation, and alternating ice and heat. As I said I ran 5 last night, and it’s not killing me this morning, so that’s improvement. It actually feels like I may be able to run again tonight. If I can, this will be the first time I”ve been able to run two days in a row in WEEKS.
So since I took your advice and ran 15 last weekend, you know what that means…. 20 MILES THIS WEEKEND. I think I’m almost as nervous about that as I am the race itself!