Coach put a 35 minute easy run on my schedule for yesterday and that turned out to be 4.4 miles.
Right towards the end of the run the taper phantom pain manifested itself. My left hip started to yell at me out of nowhere. You’d think that this sort of pain would happen during a speed workout, not an easy run but the taper ALWAYS does this to me. Always.
Yep, I think I most definitely have a physical and psychological dependency on running:
“Thing is, if you know what to expect as you back off your training, you’ll be better equipped to survive your taper and arrive at the marathon starting line feeling rested and ready to run.” (source)
If this happens to you—> stay on top of it just in case it is a real injury, understand that the taper phantom pains happen to most marathoners and to stop stressing out. My mind was racing for the next 10 minutes after finishing my run non-stop (WHAT IF MY HIP IS BROKEN AND ALL OF MY GOALS ARE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN!?!?!) but I decided to redirect my thoughts to everything OTHER than running. A bit later and I had forgotten all about the whole thing until I sat down to write this post and saw the picture of me pointing at my hip and had to remember why I took it;) It feels fine now.
Yes, marathons make you crazy.
Be careful when you are running on the same side of the road all of the time! I don’t know if our roads in Utah are extra slanted on the sides because of all the snow or something but in some areas the roads are especially cambered. Be careful because this can cause you IT Band problems, hip issues (hmmmm), to change your stride, excessive pronation etc.
What to do if you think that running on the side of the road is causing your body some problems—> run on even surfaces like a bike trail as much as possible, run on dirt trails and stay on the sidewalk (watch out for those darn cracks).
A few things from the last few days:
-We were on our way to Chick-Fil-A when a Japanese restaurant popped out and sounded even better. Brown rice, chicken, steak and veggies (the butternut squash was ridiculously good).
-Seesawing during the sunset is pretty great.
-Girlfriend can run really fast in those boots of hers.
-The largest box of Mike and Ike’s that I have ever seen… we didn’t end up taking it home but it sure looked awesome.
-Why we feel a million times better on race day compared to our training runs——> HERE!
-My mom always knows what to say. I am trusting her on this one and smiling every time I think about the marathon.
What surface do you run on the most? Dirt, roads, paved trails, sidewalks, tracks?
If you have had recent injuries—> what do you think caused them?
Do you ever have the taper phantom pains? What do you think causes these?
What last made you smile?