Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cut today's run short...

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!

4 comments:

tgorourke said...

Lisa, I think you are really smart to have cut the last run short. I would be exactly like you - after all of your hard work, I'd hate to see you being in pain on marathon day.

By the way thanks for the words of encouragement about my 7.2 mile race this weekend. It's weird that they changed it at a late date - my guess is it must be a town thing (it's also the town where the Kennedys have their compound, so maybe that has something to do with it?) Not sure, they are usually pretty low-key.

Luvkids334 said...

OMGoodness, I can't believe the marathon is just a few short weeks away. Definitely take care of all those aches and pains now. Cutting your run was a very wise decision.
I'm so excited for you.
I think I might just shed a tear when you cross that finish line also.

DatabaseDiva said...

You are wise to give yourself an opportunity to rest and recover before your race. I've had a couple of miserable marathon experiences because I trained too hard and was injured before crossing the starting line. Good luck on the first!

Tom@RunnersLounge said...

I've had hamstring problems a few weeks before a marathon.

Take it very easy and do not worry about losing fitness or making up the days you're missing. Ice and ibuprofen are your friends. Bicycling is great too.

Give it time to recover well.

Enjoy the excitement in the last week.

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