Rest Week and Looking Ahead: #3 tomorrow

Unfortunately, this final week of tapering and training has not gone as planned. This is nothing unusual for me. Prior to my first half-marathon back in 2009, I experienced major IT band challenges, prompting me to learn about foam rollers (and what the heck an IT band was, for starters). Then, about three weeks before the marathon in January 2012, I got the pleasure of some plantar fasciitis. Now, this past spring, I was fortunate to have a solid training in preparation for the Tobacco Road Half-Marathon. The race itself proved a bit challenging health wise but no injuries.

This past Sunday, I experienced some pain in my left hip/inner thigh during my eight mile run. I thought perhaps I was just tired and dehydrated, so I finished the run, re-hydrated, iced, and relaxed. Then, on my tempo run on Tuesday morning, the same area reared its ugly head. Clearly, this was not something I could just ignore. I officially put myself of rest notice Wednesday through Friday, which is really hard for me. I really enjoy exercising, both for the social factors and for those delightful endorphins. Between work and personal juggling, I needed those endorphins even more to balance the stress.

But, I persisted in NOT doing much outside of stretching, rolling, icing, walking, and icing more. Today, I rode on the elliptical for about 25 minutes (it was heaven!) to get muscles moving but to maintain the strict discipline of NOT re-aggravating anything.

I’m not even sure why I get so nervous about races – it’s not like I’m an elite athlete and my sponsors are counting on my top performance. Unless, Aaron is sponsoring me. Hmmmm….but, seriously, I’m a recreational runner who enjoys challenges (pain-free ones, of course) and I’m my harshest critic.

So, we’ll see what happens tomorrow morning! 7:30am is the official start time down in Cameron Village. I had a great dinner tonight: beautiful spinach salad, pasta with fire-roasted diced tomatoes, sauteed onions/garlic/mushrooms, some grated tempeh and fresh basil. Time for some decaf tea (especially after a rather rough Tennessee-Georgia game – blast you Bulldogs!)

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