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5/9/14 8:26 A

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Thanks, Kevin! I actually read (and enjoyed) your blogs. The taper is very scary to me, but I guess my body is enforcing one now. I will try to keep the runs down next week, too.

It is feeling much better today. The foam roller seems to have really helped, and I took yesterday off completely from all exercise. (I feel like a bit of a slug!) The bad news is that for some reason, I also lost focus on my eating the last couple of days and have not had the best nutrition. Today I'm going to really watch my food again, and I am going to try a slow, short run to see how the leg reacts.

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5/8/14 8:50 P

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Beth,

I just ran my first half marathon on April 27. I had a coached group training program. Two weeks before the half, they had me run six days; but the planned runs were only 3, 4, 4, 3, 6, and 3 miles. The last 4 miles was tempo, the rest were easy (i.e., long slow run pace). The week before the half, the plan called for 3 easy miles on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, with rest days Monday, Thursday, and Saturday before race day on Sunday. (The training week runs Monday through Sunday.)

That taper was mentally very, very difficult. I'd ran those 3 easy miles on Tuesday and thought, "Is this all there is?" But I'd come up injured two years in a row trying to do this on my own, so I mustered all the mental toughness I could and stuck to the program. One of the pace leaders described the taper as, "physically easy but mentally tough. But do it, because it works."

Race day found me feeling healthier than I had through the last few weeks before the taper, and ready to RUN. I ended up beating the time that the McMillan web site predicted from my last 15K (4 weeks before the half) by about 2 minutes.

This is a long winded way of saying, rest it. Don't stay off it entirely, but every run you do between now and the half should be easy, and half of them this week should be shorter than you want to run. All of them next week should be shorter than you want to run.

Then when you get to the half, you'll be as healthy as you can be, full of energy like a coiled spring, and ready to run. That's what we all aim for.


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5/7/14 8:30 P

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AimlessSam, that is exactly how I am feeling! Thank you for the encouragement!

Edited by: MALAMI518 at: 5/7/2014 (20:30)
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5/7/14 8:28 P

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Thank you all for the advice. My rational mind knows that I need to rest it. My insecure mind worries that I'll suddenly lose my ability to run if I don't run almost every day. I know that is just insecurity and inexperience talking, but I will admit to irrational fears.

Vinny, I was actually in the Binghamton Bridge Half on Sunday. I keep saying that the Cleveland on the 18th is my first Half Marathon. I'm doing only the half, not the full. So, I haven't really told anyone about Binghamton and viewed it as yet another practice day.

I really want to run my "first" half marathon on my 50th birthday, so I don't want to jeopardize it in any way. I am beginning to freak out about this pain being so close to race day and also about having to take time off right now.

I bought a foam roller recently but haven't had a chance to learn to use it yet. I will make that a priority now.

You have all helped my rational mind win out over the irrational for the time being.

Thank you!

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5/7/14 7:48 P

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Were you by any chance in the Greater Binghamton Bridge Run on Sunday and now planning on the Run For the Red Marathon in Stroudsburg PA on the 18th? That is my situation and I also live in Central NY. I am also suffering from a non running related injury, but one that will affect my performance in the marathon. I don't know if I am making the right choice but I decided not to do the 20 mile run that I had planned on for yesterday. Instead, I walked six miles and did that again today. Any running that I do between now and the 18th will be very easy and the length will be determined by the way I feel at the time. In training and in competition, all my goals are subordinate to avoiding injuries that will take me out of the running for any length of time. I know this not exactly advice, but it may help you with your own decision. I hope you have a satisfying race.

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5/7/14 5:14 P

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I would rest it, and if you're anything like me and lots of other runners, you're probably a little bit freaked out about that so close to the race when you've worked so hard. I had a similar pain a few weeks ago, about two weeks out from my first half. I struggled mentally with resting because I had this crazy and totally unfounded notion that I needed to keep pushing myself to perform my best. It emotionally hurt, but I rested it anyway.

Once I was able to, I did some lower intensity runs leading up to my race. The race was last weekend and I rocked it hard, even with a couple of unexpected rest days thrown in. My lesson was that I need to have confidence in my training to this point and give my body the space to perform its best. Good luck!

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5/7/14 5:05 P

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I'd rest it and also use the foam roller. If you don't have one of those then some yoga stretches should help too.




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5/7/14 3:32 P

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I am having a similar pain and have found it very helpful to rest a couple of days. You should be tapering for your half anyway, so it shouldn't interfere with your training or readiness for the 18th. I was able to do some swimming and biking, just to keep moving, and then made good use of my foam roller, Rick. Love me some Rick Rolls! Here's a link to an article in Runner's World that may be a good read for you.

http://www.runnersworld.com/race-trainin
g/how-to-taper-for-your-first-half-mar
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Hope these suggestions are helpful, and good luck on your half marathon!

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I have a half marathon on May 18th, so about a week and a half from now. I'm new at this. On Sunday, I ran about 13.5 miles at a fast (for me) pace as a race day simulation. On Monday, I ran about 8 miles at a slower pace. I am used to those distances, though maybe not back to back. Yesterday, I didn't run because I went to move my daughter home from college. At some point yesterday, my right leg started to bother me. At first I thought it was soreness in the quad. That's how it feels when I walk--sore and stiff. I later pinpointed the pain to a very specific spot closer to my hip. It's at the side of the thigh near the front approximately where the femur would meet the pelvis, I think. It's definitely sore to pressure there. Even though I feel it as quad soreness when I walk, the quad is not sensitive at all to pressure. It seems to be worse when first walking after sitting for a while and then it gets a little better. I don't have pain around the knee. I have not tried running on it yet. It's not bothered by squats or lunges. I definitely feel it if I swing my leg across my body. It doesn't hurt with the regular quad or hamstring or hip stretches that I do. It hurts getting into a cross-legged sitting position but not once I'm there.

Any tips? Should I try some light running or rest it another day or two?

I will admit that I didn't stretch as well as I normally do after the last two runs, but I did cool down and stretch some.

I'm posting from my phone, so I hope that there aren't typos that make this too unreadable.

Thanks for any advice that you can give me!

Beth
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