Honolulu is in twelve days. I signed up after a couple of good runs in a row mid-November when I thought yes, I'm finally starting to recover! But since then, the running hasn't been so great. My right side is kind of wonky. The low back (can't put on my own pants very easily) and the glute (feels like it's not really attached to my body) and the hamstring that didn't work on the back half of the marathon very well are all a disaster. Oh, and that shin is messy, too, but I've had shin splints since seventh grade, so that's sort of normal.
So, it's a big taper: two full weeks of no running, then a 26.2 mile run, should everything feel ok enough to go at 5 am on December 14.
I swam today for about 15 minutes, and might ride the exercise bike or go for a walk tomorrow. Then this weekend, I'm going snowboarding for a couple of days. That's kind and gentle, right?
I have new shoes. For the first time ever, my race flats felt too light in a marathon, so I'm bumping it up from Kinvara to Cortana. And I have ankle bling flash tattoos. So those will both help.
I walked Waimanalo Beach last weekend. It looked like this - no instagram required. Walking isn't all bad.
If I make it, I think three marathons in a year ties my most since the Ironman days.