Do you taper for a half marathon? I had decided on 28 miles this week, then 10 miles next week before the race on Sunday. Nothing scientific about it, this was based on googling and previous taper experiences.
I ran 6 miles on Monday. On Tuesday, I did 4 miles and 1/2 hour on the stationary bike (too lazy to drive to the gym for spinning class). On Wednesday morning, I woke up in the wee hours and went through the rituals of brushing, dressing, stretching, gulping down mouthfuls of water and gatorade; as I was coating my toes in vaseline before donning the socks, the left foot cried out a little. There was a sore area right behind the toes, one of the trouble spots from the tendonitis injury. My first reaction was, Damn! Why couldn't I have felt the pain while I was still in bed, so I could have gone right back to sleep? I considered running with the pain. After all, it wasn't severe, and I could only feel it when I touched it. But I have had this exact pain before and I know it only gets worse with running. So, I abandoned the run.
As the day progressed, I could still feel the pain. It was annoying, but at least it happened 10 days before the race. I iced and stretched. This morning, 2 days later, I ran 5 miles, pain-free. Was it just a phantom taper-related pain? Or the faster-than-normal long run on Saturday? Or the bike workout? I am always apprehensive about working out on the reclining bike (I prefer spinning class), because, even with the adjustments, my legs and feet seem to be stretched out way too much (I probably need a smaller bike?). Anyhoo, I hope the pain is gone for good. If tomorrow's run goes well, my weekly mileage will be in the low 20's. Oh, well! Hopefully, I will have a pair of fresh race-ready legs.
Another warm & wonderful weekend! Like everyone else, I am looking forward to basking in the sun. Starting with this evening. Inspired by The Happy Runner, I am going trash-picking. I don't have to go far. Parts of my regular running route are strewn with paper, empty beer cans, coffee cups, cigarette butts, even broken glass pieces. Why do people do that?
Check out this cool giveaway on Runner's Rambles: Exercise cards. I think it's a neat idea for a thorough cross training.
Enjoy your weekend!