Saturday, May 12, 2007


Another 20-miler DNF'd.

Again I made it for 16.... walking the last 6. I just gave out for running. I tried various combinations of running and walking, and finally just walking. I felt heavy and stiff and tired and sore.

My Vermont City Marathon, in 2 weeks, may be in danger.

Well, in the last 6 weeks or so, I've done 3 16-milers and an 18-miler (that was just before we left Winchester, 4 weeks ago.) I've run marathons on less long-running than that.

I hurt. I can't seem to shake my nagging Achilles and butt/lower back issues. My whole lower sacrum aches when I run more than a few miles. Walking doesn't hurt either set of miseries.

After years of running marathons, I realize that, two weeks out, there is nothing I can do to increase my fitness. What I'm going to do is taper sharply, run minimally, go hiking with my husband (who won't be up for more than probably 5 miles at first), maybe go biking. I've finished my marathon training on a bike before.

Just plain rest my running mechanisms and let my hips and heel try to get better.

I must be getting old or something.

But it was a gorgeous run. I haven't seen skies this blue since Arizona.


bunnygirl said...

When was your last massage? That might help. Also, I've posed several times on my blog how my running was saved by kinesio tape. You can get it online from Amazon. They have books about how to use it, too. It was good enough for Lance's Posties, so it's good enough for me! Magic stuff.

Great pics, btw. I love New England!

TxSkatemom said...

i wish I had some words of wisdom to help, but I can't offer anything more than to do what feels right and have faith that your base training will get you through. Maybe you need a bit of rest to refresh and let everything heal up. good luck.

Kurt said...

I wish I knew what advice to give you. I would at least go and have your cbc levels checked along with your levels of iron. Easy enough to check and it would rule out some of the possible things causing the fatigue.

Or perhaps you just need a break from racing long distances.

Coach Tammy said...

REST, REST, REST. Your body may be telling you it's time to take a break.

Vickie said...

Very beautiful. It most likely is your running style that is upsetting things, but you HAVE been doing a lot of running too. I'm betting you will be okay.

Anne said...

Beautiful surroundings, whether you run or walk. Take it may be surprised come Memorial Day weekend. Good luck. Vermont City is my favorite marathon.

TriFeist said...

Sounds like you're doing the right thing, Ellie.

ShirleyPerly said...

Beautiful pictures on this post and the previous one. I need to do a race up in the Northeast!

I agree with bunnygirl about the massage but I'd go to a massage therapist rather than try to do anything on my own so close to a race.

Hope you feel better soon!