1. We are officially 11 days out from the Fox Cities Marathon and I can't believe it has come this quickly. This weekend I will be doing my last "long" run of eight miles and I have already prepped myself for the typical bad run it will be. Almost every last long run is a bad long run for some reason. One good thing is that it looks like it might actually be cool for it. Every long run, with the exception of the 17 mile glorious long run, has been in hot and/or humid weather and it's starting to make me nervous. The heat and humidity effects us runners so much and I just want the marathon to be perfect. This leads me to number two (not to be confused with poop, although that comes up a lot for us runners too).
2. Being 11 days out, I have been weather stalking already and I do not think I will get my ideal weather for the marathon. I know I know...weather can change a lot in that time but it seems like this unseasonably warm weather just wont quit. First we couldn't get summer to start, now we can't get it to quit. Well played mother nature, well played. Ideal for me would be 40's to start. I would even take low 50's and be content. Next week they have a bunch of 70 and 80 degree days again so I'm getting nervous. Expect 4 more posts on the weather next week. That would be a good thing though since I can't seem to come up with a good enough post to hit publish lately.
3. I had a sports massage! My IT band has not be its best since hitting higher millage long runs and I just want to give it a shot to see if it helps any. It doesn't seem to bother me until the 14+ mile point so that part is good at least but I also don't want to try to run with that pain for 12+ miles. When I called to make the appointment, she really prepped me on how unpleasant this massage would be . She was not lying. While some of it felt great (calves), when she worked my right IT band, it hurt pretty badly. I was face down on the table (twss) and I just kept thinking "WOW...this REALLY does hurt and I really have to act bad ass like it doesn't hurt so I will just sit here and say how it's not that bad when she asks if I'm okay."
She said that my IT band wasn't horrible and she managed to loosen it up a lot during the massage so I can only hope this well help. I really wont know until marathon day if it is any better though. That is great planning on my part.
Have you ever had a sports massage?
How soon before your goal race do you start weather stalking?