Posted: 18/04/2014 at 14:49
Good to hear that things seem to be going well boys and you both seem quite confident which is great. The start was fine last year and they've made a good call by bringing forward the start of the 10k race by half an hour. Yes, it's been warm this week Bob but as you say temperatures are set to drop in the next few days, and hopefully it'll be about 7 or 8 degrees at around race start time.
One thing, if you're planning to use the bag drop in the Retiro Park give yourself plenty of time to get back to the start area as it's a bit of a trek from the finish line. The best metro station to get to the bag drop is Retiro (line 2 - red). I'd be wanting to drop off my bag no later than 8 o'clock but, that's just me, I don't like leaving things to the last minute, especially on the morning of the race as it really stresses me up!
Unfortunately, things aren't going so well here. The few days I thought I'd need to get over the injury I picked up in the half marathon turned into a week's layoff. I over-optimistically felt it had recovered enough to go out and run last Sunday evening and did 21k (as per plan) and, although, there were a few odd sensations it seemed to go ok. However, the lower left leg was hurting when I got up on Monday morning.
Managed to get an appointment with the physio same day and she got rid of a lot of waste / liquid in the affected area and took away quite a bit of the pain. She felt it was probably a tendon problem but wanted me to see my GP and get an xray to rule out any damage to the left tibia.
Turns out my GP was a runner of quite a high standard in her younger day and fast tracked me for an xray and was pretty supportive. The results showed that there was no damage to the bone, which was really good news, but the tendon isn't great. Got some anti-inflammatories and cream on prescription which I've been taking / applying religiously since then as well as regular ice / hot water treatment. Seems to be getting better but no running (again) since last Sunday, just a couple of bits of cross-training. The affected area is definitely getting better but it seems to be slow progress. If I raise the left foot from a standing position, there's still a bit of pain in the bottom part of the shin, but not so bad now. The tendon next to the tibia is still a bit lumpy but doesn't hurt at all now if I probe it. So, a couple of days more rest and then I'll try it again on Sunday, see what it's like afterwards and we'll take it from there. The physio has given some flourescent tape which she wants me to put on the affected area before I run.
It's so bloody frustrating after all this time. Perhaps I shouldn't have run the half three weeks out but weirdlly enough I had some strange twinges in the injured area even before I started warming up for the race so I guess the thing could've even happened if I'd just done the normal Sunday long run. I'll never know.
To be honest, I'm feeling pretty frustrated and exasperated right now. Like you guys I've trained hard for this and really been good with the diet, 8 or 9 kilos off since Christmas. I was feeling quietly confident up to about 10 days ago but that's all evaporated now. I really want to run this but am also a little worried that it might seriously aggravate the condition. Part of me is tempted to just cross-train now before the big day but I also really want to get a couple of runs in beforehand and not feel any after effects. I know it's the taper and the hard work's been done but I'm beginning to worry about losing fitness now.
I'm going to do an hour's cross-training on the exercise bike in a bit and then go out and have a look at some of the later stages of the route, notably kms 32 to 35 and then 39 to Finish. Hope I have