I’m 25 days out from my half marathon and I’m not feeling exactly well-prepared.
Although November went pretty well, especially given I was at reduced mileage at the start of the month because of my marathon October 19. I felt pretty optimistic about gaining speed and I was hitting paces on the track that seemed to indicate I was on my way. I was experiencing some tightness in my right calf, but I had some massages and chiropractic work done on it and it seemed to keep it from getting worse.
Then my son shared some sort of bug at Thanksgiving, and I had a couple weeks coughing and feeling somewhat drained. I struggled with needing longer recovery jogs between my speed intervals, but I was still at least getting the pace that I was looking for. My right calf still was bothering me, feeling like I had a big knot in one of the deeper muscles. It twinges some, but never felt like actual pain. I was getting concerned that it wasn’t getting better, but it usually loosened up after a few miles warm up.
But midway through December, we were hit by a big family crisis, and I had a terrible long run that I cut short. I did ok on my runs during the Christmas holiday, although my easy pace was slower than I wanted it to be (still in range, but it felt harder than it should). Hitting my goal paces was a struggle, though I’d say it was at least half mental. I did mange through, but I keep feeling disappointed. I feel all over the place in terms of any “progress”, which is disconcerting because I felt pretty positive during my last couple training cycles.
I don’t know what to make of it all. I’m trying to be patient with myself.
This weekend, I noticed a problem with my right calf while shaving in he shower. Check out the bruise that is right about where it’s been bugging me (ignore the place where my sock band left an indent). The discoloration is the healing phase (versus a fresh contusion). Um, perhaps I hurt that calf a bit more than I was willing to admit. I’m not sure if the full effect can be seen in the picture, but when I showed it to my chiropractor and my trainer, they both seemed a little alarmed until I told them it didn’t hurt. However, the area is still too tight for comfort. I’m kind of concerned something in that calf wants to go “pop”.
I hope this is all “bump in the road” and that things come together in New Orleans. Or at least for me to go into the race with some semblance of confidence.