I have taken it super easy since Ragnar, as I was more sore than I usually am after a race. Actually for the first time ever, I got a bad calf cramp with two miles to go on my last Ragnar run. I tried to stretch it out but it would not relax, and so I ended up walking most of the last two miles because I was not willing to injure myself for a relay race we were doing for fun. Since then I have worked it with my favorite stick several times a day, and done quite a bit of stretching and icing. Josh was awesome enough to massage it for me twice too. The first day I was back to running I could feel it just a tiny bit on the uphills, although it didn't get any worse and it didn't hurt - I could just feel a little bit of tightness. After that I didn't feel it at all when running, just when rolling it and stretching. Today was the first day that I didn't feel it even when rolling and stretching, and it handled some fast miles (even with a lot of uphill) just fine. Yay!
So I am officially training for Chicago! I took three weeks very easy after Utah Valley (I ran Ragnar but I did not push the pace at all). Between taper for Cox, recovery after Cox, taper for Utah Valley and recovery after Utah Valley, I am itching to get back to training hard, running fast, and racking up lots of miles.
I had been planning on racing a half marathon on July 13, but coach has decided it is not a good idea. He wants me to scale back the races and make sure they are timed wisely with my training, which I completely understand. So I am following his advice (and am very grateful for it). He has tweaked my training some, and he helped me choose a different half marathon that is a month before Chicago. After Chicago I will take a break, and then next year we will keep it to two marathons and plan some shorter races around them. But for now, the focus is on Chicago! I am excited!!
I would be lying if I said that this spring my confidence wasn't given a good beating. So I am going to be working on my mental training as much as my physical training. I want to go into Chicago KNOWING that I am ready to run strong and to have an awesome race. I want to feel that confidence again and to believe in myself.
How do you build your confidence as a runner?
Here are five quotes from three runners that I very much admire.