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Marathon training: Week 10 – Tight calves (again!) but very short runs for a change

Tapering – reducing mileage and resting two to three weeks before a marathon – is mentally tough!  All of a sudden you forget that you were able to run 22 miles and that you probably ARE ready for a marathon – running just 10-15km at a time is easy but doesn’t feel like you’re doing enough!

Early in the week my calves and shins were really tight again, but I didn’t let myself panic – I started stretching properly again and by now they’re ok again.  I can’t believe I was stupid enough to not stick to the stretching and foam rolling regime since I had issues with my calves during week 5 already. Lesson learned.

The week’s mileage:

  • Monday: Crossfit
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 10.40 km at 5:27 min / km pace, 56:41 = 6.46 miles
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: 14.46 km at 5:15 pace, 1:15:52 = 8.98 miles
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 10.29 km at 4:59 pace, 51:21 = 6.39 miles

Total: 35.45 km = 21.83 miles

Today I managed to trip and fall, skinning my left knee in the process 😐  I have plenty of experiences with tripping, I tend to be clumsy like that, but I really hoped that I’d get through the marathon training season without a fall. So far it’s not looking too bad, it’s not bruised, just scraped. Tomorrow is a rest and massage day, and Wednesday is my LAST RUN BEFORE THE MARATHON.

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