“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.”
Before I talk about me :) ...let me tell you about my little sister, Iz, who participated in the Energizer Night Race 5K yesterday. She's totally addicted to running and racing. I loved being there to cheer her on!
Iz and her new BFF the Energizer bunny :)
Now, about me :) I'll tell you what I think, but I'd really like to hear your opinion. Many of you have lots of running, and most specifically, marathon experience. What would you do?
This week, I was able to complete all the runs on my training schedule, with today being the longest at 80 minutes (or 11.5K). All week, I've been taking an anti-inflammatory and either icing or heating my foot accordingly. The pain remains quite mild, but constant. Running has not worsened the injury, but the degree of improvement has become quite minimal. Today's run went like this: First 10 minutes were painful enough that I felt I had to mildly alter my form (very minimally); after that, the muscles seemed to be warming up and there was only lingering tightness; my form was back to feeling normal; mild pain remained barely there throughout the run and I felt no compensatory pain (on my last two runs my left knee would start hurting near the end - not this time). So I got home, iced, and now my foot feels fine. It actually feels a bit better than it did before I ran. Although it seems to tighten up whenever I sit for too long, it loosens up quickly and I can walk normally without pain. That's where things are at.
I can make the final decision on race day morning. I still have one more week to go.
This week is full on taper and I have only a few very short runs planned.
I can take an anti-inflammatory on race day.
If running makes the pain go away, then I'm probably not worsening it when I run.
BUT, What if I end up with too much pain and have to stop running.
It's already bad enough to run a marathon, it might be crazy to try and run a first marathon with an injury, no matter how minor.
I go back and forth thinking that yes I can do it, and it would be stupid to do it...sigh.
Important information :
This marathon has a cut-off time of 5:45, so I can't just walk it in if I'm in pain.
This is extremely important to me, because I don't want to not finish on time! I'd prefer my first marathon to not be DNF if possible.
A) Ideally, I would finish in close to 5 hours. I would be thrilled if I could do this!
B) I'd be happy to just finish with a smile on my face (even if it's forced).
C) I'd be satisfied with coming in right at the cut-off of 5:45.
Is this all taper madness and normal fears, or am I being smart and logically cautious?
Feeling fine after today's run :)
Thanks for sharing your experience!