The good news is that marathon training is now in full taper mode. I put in the long runs and miles and now is the time to let my body heal from how hard I have been pushing it so I can run a strong 26.2 miles on March 20th.
More good news is that my family and Phil’s family (and Whitney’s family too) has booked flights and hotels to Cozumel for Ironman in November. woo hoo! Huge family vacation. We are very very lucky and blessed to have such wonderful and supportive families. Plus, it’s a damn awesome excuse to go to Cozumel
And in more good news- Phil and I are heading to Breckenridge Colorado this Thursday for a long weekend getaway. While he snowboards (I will not be skiing…I don’t want a repeat of our first ski trip together and I would like all the ligaments in my knee to stay put) I will be relaxing in the ski lodge with a book. I also booked a 2 hour sports massage to get all of the toxins out of my muscles.
This weekend was the last long run of the marathon training plan. 22 miles. 22 miles that absolutely kicked my ass. I don’t know what I did to my ankle, but I think the combination of pronating with the sheer volume I have been running caused me to sprain my ankle. To make it worse, we did an 11 mile out and back, so by the time my ankle really started to kill at mile 13, I had no choice but to jog/walk/hobble the 9 more miles home. I’m sure that did not help.
It was so frustrating to have to deal with that pain during the last long run. However, it did prove to me that the distance is not an issue. I have no doubt in my mind that I will finish the marathon…but I would really love it if I were not in pain the whole time.
I plan to take the next 3 weeks and really give my legs and my whole body some TLC. Lots of water. Lots of sleep. Lots of rest. Lots of icing.
I hope that even though my taper is starting off with a sprained ankle, I can nurture it back to health and race a strong marathon in a few weeks.
Cross your fingers for me.