I have zero attention span this week – why? Because it is race week and I’m going slightly crazy!
The marathon is not until Sunday, but we are leaving for NYC on Friday afternoon. The plan is to leave around noon and hopefully make it to Newark around 7:30-8pm. It can take anywhere from 6.5 hours to 7ish hours to get to Newark from Ottawa – maybe a bit more because of pit stops. I’m hoping just one pit-stop. This time I need to be more organized and have snacks in the car.
I’ve spent a bit of time this morning printing off Hotel information, subway directions for P and Max and other assorted documents. I have no idea what is really going to happen on Saturday because right now the forecast is calling for buckets of rain – so I think the Central Park Zoo is out. I am supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible – but it is really hard to do that in NYC! Apparently backpacks are not allowed in the expo – so I have to probably go all the way to our Manhattan hotel first to drop those off then go to the expo – or P and Max can just wait outside.
I have started to pack my things up – race gear that I know I won’t need until race day. Right now it looks like it will be about 10C and sunny for Sunday. I hope it stays like that! I’m not 100% sure what my running top will be – but I will probably pack both options.
Of course all of this babble and planning talk is just masking the race week anxiety that seems to be bothering me this week. Like most people who taper for races, the taper anxiety has me in a tizzy this week. Every little ache, pain and tinge is met immediately with an “OMG WHAT IS THAT?!?!”. This weekend it was all about the IT band, then it was my hip flexors – now I’m sitting here typing and concerned about this tinge of pain in my shins and all “OMG stress fracture!” (it isn’t – it’s just my muscles). Other than the phantom pains, I have zero attention span, I’m googling all the things and really, just extra anxious.
The “phantom pains” seems to be bugging me the most. I do believe that my IT band is a bit annoyed and will probably not feel good on marathon day – but is it going to blow out on me? Probably not. I haven’t had to stop running, I can walk around with no issues and the area isn’t even hurting right now. My hip flexors are just a bit out of wack but that is nothing new. The edge of the shin pain happening right now is just a muscle that is being silly and is no where near the site of my previous stress fracture. Plus – think about it: having a stress fracture magically appear on a spot that has never hurt before weeks after finishing my last long run and following the 10% rule is highly unlikely.
Just a simple google search (I know, I know – symptom #2 of taper madness) shows a whole pile of blog posts, articles and search on what taper does to your brain. Most likely my anxiety-ridden brain is sending me mixed signals. Most marathon plans last for 14-18 weeks and you do a number on your body during a training cycle. Once you stop – your brain pretty much tells you to get up and get going again. Some researchers also say that the aches and pains we feel are part of the restoration process.
Such a lovely thing, isn’t it?