Almost a former blogger

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Resetting before the race

Taper time doesn't mean running comes to an end, but in my case my body has had other plans. First it was the knee issue; today it was waking up with a temperature of 101. While I have had my fair share of sicknesses, I haven't been sick with a fever in a long time. So today has been a day of laying around, getting in a solid nap this afternoon and very likely falling asleep on the couch very soon. The good news is the fever has gone away (for now), but that doesn't mean I still feel that great. I've been thinking a lot today about what all this means: with less than 9 days until the Richmond Marathon, I feel like my body is resetting itself.

While I would never want to have the past couple of weeks go like they have, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. When I get to race day next week, what I have or haven't done in the recently probably won't impact my performance too much. The 10 months leading up to it are what will make a difference. The 960 miles I've ran -- probably 970 by then -- the PRs I've set in other races and my attitude are what will matter come Nov. 13.

It's not the perfect situation right now, but there's nothing else I can really do ... except rest up!