With the Paris Marathon just 3 weeks away I should feel raring to go.
Although I’m actually really looking forward to the marathon, I know from experience that at this stage of the game, anything can happen, and there’s still no guarantee of getting to the start line injury free.
In the last few weeks before the taper, the mileage ramps up, and everything starts to hurt a little bit more. Niggles start to show themselves, and if you push it too hard, those niggles can turn into full blown injuries.
For me, the current dilemma is, run too much and get injured versus not run enough and potentially miss out on my goal.
Take my long run on Sunday for example. I was planning another 20 miler, and knew it would feel hard following the 20 mile race I did the week before. I was mainly concerned about my back, as that’s what’s been causing me the most problems recently.
At about 7 miles in I noticed my left calf felt tight and by the end of the run it was so painful and causing me to limp a little. I couldn’t help but thing, “where the bloody hell has this come from?!” I’ve not had even a niggle in my calf throughout the whole of my training, and now it’s causing me to limp, how completely ridiculous!
Since then, it’s still been tight and playing on my mind. With my final long run next weekend, I’m wondering what other surprises my body has in store for me. On one hand, I think perhaps I should rest, but on the other hand, I want to do another long run to give me confidence, and I’m sure 3 weeks of foam rolling should sort everything out, right?!
DOES ANYONE ELSE FIND IT HARD TO FIND THE PERFECT EQUILIBRIUM IN THEIR TRAINING?
HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE FEAR OF POTENTIAL INJURIES WITH THE NEED TO COMPLETE THE REQUIRED TRAINING?
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!