10 weeks of training, down. 5 weeks at 70 miles. I'm finally at my "racing weight", so to speak. I ordered my green glitter sparkle skirt and shamrock leggings. I. am. ready.
And then, during the taper week -- yes, my first week of REDUCED MILEAGE -- race disaster strikes.
I finished up my final high mileage week with a 10 mile race, done on a hilly course and untapered legs, and set a little PR (by less than a minute.) The course took a lot out of me though, and so I did very very easy runs Monday and Tuesday. I had a sports massage Tuesday evening, and ran for the next time on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning I decided to try some tempo intervals, but I couldn't get my pace where I wanted to, so figuring I was still recovering, I finished up nice and easy. I felt fine. I changed my clothes and headed to a meeting. When I stood up from the meeting, I couldn't walk.
Seriously. Pain in my right hip, glute, and groin. I was visibly limping all day. I iced, took a long bath, and started to worry. But the next day I only felt a little tightness, and no pain, so I took the day off from running and figured I could run an easy 3 miles before deciding to do my long run on Saturday.
I felt fine after 3 miles at about an 8:20-30 pace, so we headed off for another 14. By 5 miles into the run, I could feel the pain return. I made the decision to turn around. When I finally quit at 7, I was hobbling.
Sunday I was stopped at church by two people who asked what was wrong and why I was limping. Today (Monday) I am still walking with a bit of a hobble, though better than yesterday. I had an appointment with the chiropractor today and he used the stem machine on the sore spots -- all connected to my left hip. No exercise -- no swimming, biking or elliptical even -- until this weekend. If I can do some cross training without pain, we can try some easy running miles. Maybe.
And I'm supposed to run a marathon in 13 days.
I'm a little mad at the universe right now.
However... I must say that this would be a whole different story had I not gotten a BQ back in December. Though I've trained hard for this race, and I might go a little crazy if I have to take significant time off of running, I still have Boston in April 2014 to look forward to. If I have to wear my green sparkle skirt as a spectator cheering on my husband, it is what it is.