Monday, May 10, 2010

Race Week

First, I realize that I neglected to follow up on the slight knee issue I had a little over a week ago. Fortunately it didn't really bother me last week, but I went to physio on Friday to have it checked out and get a little massage. The only issue they found was a tight quad, which could certainly have caused the twinges in my knee. My PT focused on that, while also giving my legs an overall assessment and rub-down. Everything felt good! I'm going back tomorrow just go keep things nice and loose.

On Saturday, I met up with some of my group for our final "long" run of 10 miles. We headed slightly north to The Marsh where we could run along quiet country roads with the canal on one side and farm fields on the other. We ran a simple out and back, taking it easy on the way 'out' and picking it up on the way 'back', averaging slightly faster than goal marathon pace overall.

The road was extremely sloped, which made my knee a little unhappy later in the day. I took good care of it for the remainder of the day as well as Sunday (skipped the short tun I had planned) and it's feeling good. Hubs thinks I'm over-reacting (taper pains?) and I hope he's right... but I'll be babying it this week nonetheless.

It's MARATHON WEEK!

I'll be focusing on recovery, rest, plenty of sleep, proper nutrition, gallons of water, compulsive weather-checking and race day prep.

Goal(s) to come and a training recap if I can pull it together.

42 comments:

Kerrie T. said...

Hope it's a great week for you! Take care of that knee.

The company I used to work for has a division in Mississauga. I love saying it: Mississauga. :)

Laura said...

Very excited for your race. I am going to be there to cheer on my run group.
You have to have good weather, I took a bullet for you guys when I ran mine. :)

destination262 said...

Yay for your upcoming race. Sorry to hear about the knee issues. Sounds like you are taking good care of it and I hope that it's all better soon.

Jamie said...

Yea for race week! I will be doing the same exact things this week ;) Glad to hear the knee is feeling better!

Denise said...

great news about the knee. rest up and stay loose!!

Amy said...

Glad to hear the knee is doing better.

Mississauga is my hometown! It sounds like you're ready for your race!

Aneta said...

hey!
glad that knee is getting better!!

Anne said...

Woohoo! Have a great week...you're so ready :)

Lacey Nicole said...

yay Marlene!!!! i'm so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! the "big dance" is so soon :) sounds like you're doing what you need to do. mind and body are there. do you have a foam roller or the stick? that could help your quad too. but of course getting a pro rub down is always nice :) :)

chris mcpeake said...

rest, rest , rest ... and watch out for the taper pain monster

Christy said...

Hi! I found your blog when doing a google search on recovery socks! Good luck with your marathon this week! I'm running my first Half on Sunday!

Sarah said...

Do what feels good to you! Yay taper week and MARATHON!

Can't wait to watch you finish :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

So, when I saw your map of the run, I had to giggle. Had I not been sick, and not been checking out that other tri group, I would have ridden right past you!!! What are the chances! That's where I ride every Tuesday, and Saturdays! RANDOM!! Enjoy the extra rest!

TallGuySurfing said...

Good luck with the Marathon this week! Enjoy the taper!

sneakersister.com said...

"recovery, rest, plenty of sleep, proper nutrition, gallons of water, compulsive weather-checking and race day prep."

Perfect!

Don't forget to drink some Gatorade the day before the race. Did you get your salt tabs yet?

Lisa said...

This brings up a great point - runners should always pay attention to slopes in the road when training and racing. They definitely can make a difference!

Take it easy this week!

The Happy Runner said...

Woo hoo! Your plan for the week sounds great!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yikes! The dreaded knee thingy..... you are certainly doing the right things to take care of yourself, unlike me I would just open another BEvERage..... lol

Bethany + Ryan said...

i love the week before a marathon! :-) enjoy! rest up and get ready for that BIG PR!!!

aron said...

omggggg marathon week already?!?! yayyyyyyyy :) :) :)

Jill said...

Great news about the knee...and yay, race week is here!! So excited for you!!!!!!!!!! :)

debb said...

Yay for it being race week. Rest up and go easy on that knee. WE are all cheering you on.

Emz said...

Can't believe it is marathon week! YAY FOR YOU!!
rest, eat and relax....sounds easy enough right?! ;)

H Love said...

Good luck....enjoy the week.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Enjoy taper week even if it's not always easy to have to restrain from going out there and pounding the pavement.

Jess said...

Good luck as you get ready this week for your big day on Sunday!

ShutUpandRun said...

Yay, race week! You know what to do. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

ShutUpandRun said...

Yay, race week! You know what to do. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Claudia said...

Can't believe Marathon week is already here.
Enjoy the week and Good luck!!
Very excited for you.

ajh said...

Have as calm a week as you can!!

Badgergirl said...

Yay for race week! And I'm with you on the compulsively checking the weather forecast...I'm doing it too!

MCM Mama said...

Enjoy taking it easy this week!

Meg said...

I hope you can rest up , despite the excitement. I think I'm as excited as you for this race. I've had so much fun following your training!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You will be GREAT! I had major pain leading up to my Marathon to the point that I cut a 5 miler short. It is Taper pain and WILL go away on race day. I am soooo excited for you..

dietitianontherun.com said...

Better safe than sorry! Baby that knee all you want :)

N.D. said...

I always forget to follow up and my pains seem to be totally random. Ya for marathon weeek! so exciting!

J said...

Hope you have a very relaxing week leading up to this marathon!!

Marky Mark said...

I'm very excited for you! You're going to do really well and also enjoy it. Looks like it won't be too hot either.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wohooo final long run, you are so there! Keep the taper brain to a minimum!

Ali said...

Woo Hoo! It's race week. You are going to do amazing. And the weather is going a million times better than today!

yumke said...

Hey you, hope you are enjoying your taper. Your training has been going great, you've been doing quality work through the winter and spring (a whole lot more than I've been sneaking in) and I know you'll have a great race. Be relaxed and enjoy it. On a good day, Mississauga is a course that surprises and I know plenty of people who have PRed on it. Hope I'll see ya this weekend!

Runner Leana said...

Its race week for you too! Your running has been so strong, so I hope you have a terrific experience at the marathon this weekend. This is your 26.2 mile celebratory party!!! Hope those twinges are just a part of taper madness...