Napa Valley Marathon ≠ 2 Miles

There is just 2 more days to the Napa Valley Marathon. Mid-week I was feeling as though I could pull this marathon off—running super slow. Yesterday at work I was having some calf pain, but this morning it felt better. So, per my plan, I attempted my last run on my treadmill. Three…er… easy miles. The first two went rather well but I was thinking about my foot strike the entire time. I ran a 12-minute pace, comfortable. Then, my mind started to drift off to what I was going to wear Sunday, as it will be a bit warmer than I originally was planning for, and that’s when it happened. The squeeze. My calf or the area just below it got tight. I slowed to a walk and hoped to walk it out. I got off the treadmill and stretched it a few seconds. Then walked for about half a mile or so and then resumed running even slower–4.8 mph. I think at the marathon there may be walkers who might pass me at that speed!

I’m not sure what is going to happen at the marathon this Sunday. I will go and do what I can. 26.2 miles is a long way to walk… I want to run. I want to cross the finish line, but after today’s dismal workout, this marathon might simply be a 5K for me. I guess I’ll take each mile as it comes.

Wish me luck… I’m gonna need it!

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4 thoughts on “Napa Valley Marathon ≠ 2 Miles

  1. It’s horrible to hear that you have pain popping up after all that time training and so close to your first marathon. And I know it’s probably hard to think about anything else.

    I had something similar happen to me last summer when my shin splints started up in the weeks leading up to my second marathon. All I can say is that on race day, I had so much adrenaline going that I didn’t feel much of anything. I lathered up with Biofreeze and hit the road.

    I really hope the same thing happens for you. Can’t wait to hear how you do! I’m sure you’ll do awesome…

    1. It’s a real drag that is for sure! This race won’t be the fun race I was hoping it to be, but a real challenge. I’m hoping the adrenaline kicks in Sunday and I don’t feel it like your race! Thanks for the well wish!! 🙂

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