It will be very good to actually complete a marathon. It's been way, way too long. The marathon is easily my best distance. I like the training, I like the race itself, I like the time of year most of my marathons are run. But it's tough on the body, and my endless undiagnosed injury pulled me out of racing the distance for a very long time - almost four years (not counting the Midnight Marathon in 2013: yes, it was 26.2 miles, but it was more an event than a race). It's high time I got back out there.
There were plenty of things I should have done better this training cycle (change my shoes, do longer speed workouts, do something with my flabby core), but as a return-to-marathon training cycle it wasn't bad. I started it with a pulled hamstring, so I was coming off very little fitness (and training kicked off a year from my last surgery!). I won't beat myself up if I don't do as well as I'd hoped, but I will certainly work on improving for next time.
Pre-race, here's a little body rundown:
- Knees: left is aching post-run; right is close to better. Probably I'm a 7/10.
- Hips: actually, they feel pretty good! My right is always a little tighter, and clicks like mad, but they have a lot better range of motion than I'd expect after taper. I think my hips are about 8/10.
- Feet: I wore new flats this week and ended up with tired arches. I could put some arch wraps on, but wouldn't you know, I just read an article in which restricting arch motion was reported to significantly slow you. So no arch wrap for me (plus that's risky for a full race).
- Other: I got some little cough thing yesterday. I think it's allergies. I don't expect it to be a problem unless it worsens. And I somehow hurt my shoulder, which will probably be killing me by the end of the race. Marathons can be surprisingly tough on the upper body.
|Excuse the wet hair.|