...or maybe it's as ready as I'm gonna be :-) In any event, Stonecat is tomorrow! I got out this morning for a short 3 miler to loosen up the legs and assess how things are feeling. The foot is fine. The back, well, it is still not 100%. Luckily, it hasn't hurt all week while I've been running, but despite a massage, heating, icing, lots of stretching, etc, I am still feeling it while sitting, bending, etc. The massage therapist who I've been going to in Brunswick felt that my right aquadratus lumborum muscle, which connects from the hip up to the bottom rib, appears to be the culprit. Whatever it is, boo on it! Unfortunately, I just didn't have the time to get down to see Dr. Jamie this week, so, oh well, what can you do? I did call to set up an appointment with him for Monday though, as I assume I'm going to need a bit of adjusting after the marathon :-) Ha.
So, the gist of all this is that I'm not going into tomorrow feeling 100%. I wish I was. But perhaps in distance running there will always be something niggling or tight or sore. I don't know. I feel like I put in some decent training this fall, and up until this week, I'd been feeling good. So, I'm still planning to go for it tomorrow. I might crash and burn, but then again, I might hold it together. My basic goal is to beat my 2010 time on the course, which was 4:13:37, and I'd love to shave a number of minutes off that time. I'm confident I have the ability, but hope that my body will allow me to do so. Only time will tell, I guess.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to running and hanging out with a good Trail Monster crowd out on the trails tomorrow! Here's hoping we all crush the course :-)
Blue Ridge Marathon Training (week 17)
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