Let the mental messiness of marathon training begin. Today I begin week 9 of Boston Marathon training and the weird aches and pains are starting to mess with my head. Over the last couple weeks I've started noticing a weird ache and pressure/tightness in my left calf inner left. It isn't too painful (most of the time) just achy and annoying, enough to start messing with my head, ugh! One of the worst parts of marathon training. I know I need to stretch more, I even planned to go to yoga today but a meeting ran late so I missed it. I start thinking about all my past injuries and compare how this feels and start to think the worst. I think I've been training smart, but have been running 50-60 miles per week again. So here I sit thinking the what ifs and considering my options...do I take time off or continue to run since it isn't changing my stride and goes away after a short warm up? do I focus on stretching, massage and ice? do I cut back and do more cross training? and how will all this effect my race? No one knows these answers
Today's run was hills, 9 miles with warm up and cool down. I did decide to cut this down a little and warm up on my bike, run some hills and then cool down back on the bike. I even finished with stretching which I always skip, I know bad! So my goal for the next week is to focus more on stretching and make it yoga at least once. And get in the pool! I am strongly considering a triathlon again, even have one picked out, so I better if I want to get over my fear of open water swimming. The last thing I need is a repeat of my last triathlon one of the two times as an adult I've had issues with my asthma. Re-reading that I start to wonder if I am crazy or do I go back and face my fear head on? Any advice to become a better swim and get over the weirdness of open water swimming with fish and people touching you?