For almost every big race I've ever trained for I've pretty much followed my training plan to a "T". I put my faith in the plan, put my mind on autopilot and just chugged my way through training one run at a time. It's always worked in the past and I've just always felt comfortable that if I complete the plan I'll complete the race.
I've always known that I did what I was supposed to do. I knew that I did enough.
However, my training for the BMO marathon and the Run for Water ultra marathon has been a whole new experience for me. I didn't follow the original plan. In fact, I scrapped it altogether and switched to a completely different one! And not just that but one that was totally different from any way I have ever trained before! I ran my little heart out in the past few months and now that it's taper time and I'm sitting here wondering...
Did I do enough?
I followed the plan. I watched my pace. I rested lots. I massaged and stretched and rolled my heart out. I avoided holes in the road. I ate the right things. I medicated when necessary. I paid meticulous attention to pre-, mid- and post-run fuelling. I soaked in ice baths. I soaked in hot epsom salts baths. I wore my compression socks day and night. I visited every physio, chiro and doctor who could help. Most importantly, I tried to stay positive, work hard and not get discouraged.
But did I do enough?
Taper is usually kind of crazy but this time around I just feel kind of melancholy. It's pretty hard to not let time lost to an injury psych you out just a little bit when you're only 5 days away from the race. And this taper is different too because it's still kind of part of my training - technically I'm still building my distance a bit and BMO on Sunday will be final long run before I start to taper for Run for Water. So this is kind of an intermediate mini taper and it's wigging me out!
Anyhow, I feel pretty good all things considered and actually had a fantastic weekend of back-to-back long runs. I had some aches and pains here and there but for the most part I felt good and strong(er) and confident like I did during my Goofy training. It was pretty rad actually.
I even ate this oh-so-not-Whole30-compliant little treat afterwards with a huge glass of chocolate milk...
|Seriously, how could I say no to a|
white-orange cupcake with cream
So as I taper this week I am wondering if I did enough but am trying to remind my doubting self that at least I did everything I could. That much I know is true.
Have you ever had to totally change your training plan due to illness or injury? Did you wonder "Did I do enough?" How did it turn out in the end?