I'm thinking of trying something radical for my marathon taper - little or no running! That's if I want to give myself the best chance of getting round the 26.2 mile course in two weeks time. By way of compensation I intend to keep the heart pumping a little faster by switching to the bike.
I intended completing my last long run today by repeating last weeks 20 mile progression. However 2 miles in the increasing tightness in my left calf was telling me otherwise and sure enough it got more painful as I continued and I pulled the plug shortly after 4.5 miles.
The dull pain was also present during my lunchtime run with Brendan on Friday increasing in intensity towards the end. The signs were already there.
The only run that went according to plan was a 10 mile progression on Wednesday morning with the first 5 @ 07:40 pace and the last 5 at 06:52 pace (slightly ahead of the 07:00 target). This could have been the run that caused the calf pain to flare up again though as I began to feel a bit of tenderness in it during the last mile.
Mon 11th May
5 miles in 41:35 (8:19 pace @ 126 HR) recovery run - uncomfortable run - some niggles.
Wed 13th May
10.51 miles in 1:17:08 (7:20 pace @ 148 HR) with 5/5 miles in 38:19/34:22 (7:40/6:52 pace)
Fri 15th May
5.67 miles in 44:56 (7:56 pace @ No Garmin) Time/Pace courtesy of Brendan.
Sun 17th May
4.78 miles in 37:25 (07:50 pace @ 134HR)
Marathon Peak Week #8 (Run 25.96 miles, Bike 34.8 miles, Swim 250m)