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Taper Time

Saturday morning, I woke up at 2:45 (that’s am) to meet my group for our last long run: a 24 miler. I didn’t feel good or bad on this run – it was just ok, and I’m good with that. We finished in 4:35 which at least puts me on target to finish Savannah in 5 hours (but hopefully less). One of our watches said we did 24.5 miles, so, who knows what the real distance was.

The first 4 miles were torture. It took forever for my legs to warm up. After mile 4, my legs started to feel better but my left shoulder started to hurt from my Camelbak. I spent the rest of the run stretching my shoulder at every water stop and walk break but it never felt 100% again.

At mile 12, we came back to the start to pick up more runners who weren’t doing the full 24. I dropped my Camelbak off at the car and cursed it for bothering me NOW – three weeks before marathon time – when I’ve been running with it for a year and never had a problem.

Now I’m thinking I shouldn’t run with it in Savannah. I was fully planning on it and now I don’ t want to have something on my back for 26 miles if it’s going to hurt my shoulder again. I have enough problems with other things hurting. Like my ego. Maybe I’ll carry a water bottle, which I hate slightly less than severe shoulder pain.

Don’t gloat. I still hate you.

I stuffed 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into my running bra and ate half at miles 6, 12, 16, and 20. Now I’m sick of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I hate eating while running so much. If I could hook up an IV and run with it, I would. It’s so tempting to try gels again, but I know what would happen if I did.

At mile 16.5, I made a “special delivery” at 7-11.

At mile 18, my left glute started hurting.

At mile 21, my abs started hurting.

At mile 22, my abs hurt so much that I couldn’t remember that my glute was hurting anymore. Shannon, my favorite pace leader, said that’s a sign your using your core correctly when you run. Awesome? Has anyone else ever felt like they just completed Abs of Steel during a long run?

When I got home, I put on a big, fluffy robe and sat in the pool for 10 minutes.

It was no ice bath, but the water was still cold and felt good. The next day, my hamstrings were a little tight but over all I feel like I’m already recovered. I mentioned to hubs that I think I recover quickly from long runs and he thinks it’s from all the cross-training I do. Squats and lunges suck, but they are your friends.

T minus 20 days till Savannah!


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