I only ran about a mile today instead of the three on the schedule. I'll try to do a few tomorrow. My left hamstring is really bothering me. I think I have strained it a bit and I don't want it to get worse. I think it started during the downhillsegments of the hills on the 20 mile run. If it felt like this a month ago, I would have run through the discomfort. The pain is not enough to stop my running. However, with less than two weeks to go before the big race, I don't want to take any chances on injury. I'm going to ice it a few times today and stretch more.
I had a sports massage yesterday with a great therapist and I hope that helps the healing process. My shins (and just about everything else) feel GREAT. I had never had a therapeutic massage before- only relaxation. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I scheduled another one with her the week after the marathon. We decided that we would wait a couple of days after the race so that we could pinpoint any trouble areas rather than just doing an all-over circulation massage.
So the tapering has begun. And thank God...my body really seems to need to recover. I want to be 100% on June 1!