I’m finally feeling less sick, but my legs aren’t very happy with me. My left hamstring has been stupid tight, and now my right ankle seems to be working too hard to compensate. My race is on Saturday. The weather will be warmer than I’d like for a marathon, but not terrible. I’ve done several runs outside in warmer, more humid weather the past week to help acclimate. I expected some slow down due to the heat and humidity, but I feel like my speed sluggishness is more than that.
Frankly, I don’t think a BQ is going to happen.
This train of thought might just be the nail in the coffin because the lack of confidence isn’t going to help my race. But I don’t know what to do to change my doubts. I’m not really freaking out, though, so there is that. I don’t think this is taper madness. It’s possible that my body is just beat from back to back marathon cycles followed by getting sick. Everything was going swimmingly until about two weeks ago.
My plan is to go out there and try to have fun. I don’t know if I’ll miraculously feel 100% or even 90%. I’d like to not bonk and at least hold a steady pace. If things are awful at mile 11, I can turn off with the half and call it a day.
I’m feeling kind of sad that I’m not amped and ready for this marathon. I felt so sure that it would be great, that I could squeeze out at least those 16 seconds faster than my October marathon and snag a BQ. But it’s not the end of the world if I don’t.