I would normally be talking about getting ready to taper at this point, but I have been tapering for the past couple months so I am going to train right through it. I am not doing any speed work or anything else that would remotely be considered a workout and I plan to continue that until 26.2 day. My longest run for this marathon training will end up being last weeks 16.5 mile run and I am OK with that.
At times I feel like I should be running more, but then I remind myself I want to be running after the marathon and would prefer not to have to take a month or two off for a pulled muscle. For that reason I am OK with continuing my 3ish days off a week to keep this injury at bay.
I have been running my long run on Sunday and feeling good. My thigh doesn't hurt during the run and feels fine following it as well. I start to feel it the next morning so I have been opting to take Mondays off. I have also been taking many Tuesdays off as well because that is what it has seemed to take to get it back to where it was before the long run. I then have been running Wednesday, either Thursday or Friday, then Saturday leading into my next long run on Sunday. I have been averaging the high 20's for weekly mileage.
I know this is not marathon training, but it is what I can do right now to avoid furthering this injury. I will be running this marathon, but not racing it. I am going to go, run, and enjoy this 26.2, the event at the end of one of the most challenging marathon trainings that I have had, strictly from a mental standpoint.
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