The current marathon emotion level is: as excited as I am annoyed.
I’m ready, I have to be. I put in the work, I’ve prepared physically and mentally for the effort, and everything about the race is go. However, there is this damn leg thing I’ve got going on. At first I thought it was an ITB issue (Illiotibial Band), but that prognosis gave way to all sorts of other weirdness and soreness going on. It certainly seems to be muscular, but I’m no doctor so it’s always a guessing game. The good news is when I get up to speed I notice no pain. It’s when I stop or slow to recover that the problems set in and my right quad and hamstring feel like they have empty spots and it is relatively painful to put pressure on. It doesn’t seem to be debilitating, but I could really do without the confidence wariness at this point. It also seems like a good deal of focused stretching alleviates the pain, but it can return relatively quickly once I start using it. I’ve decided to not run today and probably won’t tomorrow and quite possibly not the next day either. This is absolutely ok, as I often take off a day, or even two before a big race just to make sure I’m 100% rested. I’ll certainly need it Sunday.
I guess deep down I’m not overly concerned, where I feel like I won’t be able to run the race. Not at all. I just don’t want some race-stopping pain to suddenly show up around mile 16 or so. I think, ultimately, I’m just being hyper-paranoid leading up to Sunday, considering how much work I’ve already put towards this day. It’s just what I do.
In the meantime, I’ll keep stretching, “sticking” and resting.
Oh, and as a backup plan, if I can’t run on 100% physical effort, I plan to compensate with a mental effort provided by the following “Epic Chicago Marathon Pre-race Motivational Mix CD”. None of that “eye of the tiger”, “born to run” stuff for me. The playlist is as follows:
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
A Perfect Murder – Timebomb
At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
Comeback Kid – Wake the Dead
A Perfect Murder – Possessed
Harvest – Epicure
Tragedy – Not Fucking Fodder
Propaghandi – Back to the Motor League
Propaghandi – Dear Coach’s Corner
Burnt By the Sun – Spinner Dunn
Converge – You Fail Me
Suicidal Tendencies – You Can’t Bring Me Down
Nasum – Scoop
Trial – War By Other Means
Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls
Tonight’s final preparations involve meticulously packing and watching Spirit of the Marathon. Tomorrow we leave for Chicago at 10am. I can’t guarantee I’ll get a post up before the race, but I’ll certainly try.
Till then friends. Let’s do this.