I read somewhere, from an elite athelete and can't remember which one, that she has all sorts of strange sensations and feelings in her legs in the taper before the marathon.
If in doubt, rest up.
I've just been for my last mini long run - 1 hour - my hip decided to make itself known, my knee, a toe. But it's all just concentrating and focusing I think.
It's all about positive mental attitude now. You CAN do it. You've done your training. You're committed. You're fit. You're injury free. You're fine.
VLM is my first marathon too. I've been plagued by injury. But am trying to put all my doubts out of my mind and concentrating on mental stratagies!
Best best of luck on the day!!
I made myself so worried before my first marathon that I actually triggered IBS so bad that I passed out through dehydration! I still completed the marathon, and 30 min quicker than I thought I was capable of too. It's perfectly normal to lose confidence and believe that you are not physically or mentally capable of running the distance. In fact I get that before every single race I do, even if it is only a 5k.
Trust in the training. It will all come right on the day.
Just read back what I wrote and it sounds like I passed out on the start line. It was actually the Sunday night the weekend before. I got up in the night for the toilet and passed out on the loo, hitting my nose on the wall as I went down.
I came around and realised what had happened so I turned the light on and started cleaning up the blood from my nose bleed. Next thing I know I was on the floor again. Hubby had heard me go down the second time and could see my feet and a pool of blood, just like a horror film. I was badly bruised in random places, but otherwise alright. It scared me though as I had never passed out before (or since) and didn't immediatly link it to dehydration and low blood pressure.
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