So, the Cleveland 1/2 marathon is this weekend. I told you a week or so ago that I felt like I had blown my Boston recovery. I felt like my legs were maybe coming around on a couple of runs last week. But yesterday, they felt like lead again.
I don’t have any specific aches and pains. That’s not the way to describe it–it’s just that my legs don’t want to move fast for me. They fatigue really quickly, I find myself winded easily, and I’m just overall tired. This morning I attempted to do six miles with 5 x 2-min. pick-ups as a little pre-race shake out. The first couple were ok, but on the last one, I just felt like crap. I actually quit halfway through that final interval, which is something I never do.
I did just learn that my hematocrit levels have taken a dive since last year (through my annual physical bloodwork). I don’t know how much, or if, that is a contributing factor. I suspect it plays a role in the oxygen debt I am feeling when I push, but I also suspect that I just haven’t pulled out of the marathon malaise like I should have.
Which all leads me to this question–is this all legit or am I just talking myself into this? I’m not sure, but the bottom line is that I lack any confidence for a good race. Today I was even thinking that I was completely stupid for even contemplating doing it. Blech.
I had a massage yesterday and will have acupuncture today. The rest of the week will be uber easy–only two very short runs. We’ll see if I can pull out of this or if it’s too little too late. I don’t have any other races on the near horizon because I race so poorly in heat and in Maryland, it’s about to get hot and stay hot for a few months. Given that, I’d dearly love to have one good, confidence-building race this weekend. Can I get there?
Have you ever felt awful going into a race? How did it turn out for you?