Taper town is a funny place. Phantoms come to mess with our minds, weather throws us a curve ball.
I actually do love to taper — I’m ready! What I’m not ready for is the mind games taper town throws at us.
Taper injuries: real or phantom?
If you’ve run a few longer races that require a taper, you probably have encountered the taper injury. You know — the thing you worried about that training cycle is fine, but suddenly, just when you thought you were safe (cue Jaws music), something completely different hurts.
I was feeling good. Strong. I knew my IT wasn’t 100%, but it was pretty damn good. I ran a good 5k Saturday. My easy miles later that day felt easy. I was allowing myself to dream about possible race times.
Right up until the point I turned off my light, rolled onto my side to go to sleep, and was in excruciating pain. In my inner thigh. What I imagine a charley horse feels like (I don’t get them), only in my inner thigh.
The pain did go away and I slept okay. The next day there was also no pain, but there was a feeling that something wasn’t quite right.
Team tile or team linoleum?
Our kitchen is tiled. I am not a fan. Things break on tile. Surprisingly few things have broken in the 6+ years we’ve lived here, but some things have.
I was making tea after walking the dogs Monday and I was in a rush because I really needed a bathroom. And I dropped my little ceramic topper on the tiled floor. It didn’t smash to smithereens, thankfully, but it did chip in multiple places. I know eventually it will go bye-bye.
It’s part of the mug I bought when we took my MIL to the San Juan Islands (although it actually wan’t purchased on the island). The topper is just right and fits most of my mugs (also bought on vacations or racecations).
Maybe I’ll find something new in VT.
And speaking of tea . . .
That was just another thing I didn’t mention in my things to like about Fall post: I enjoy using milk instead of water in my flavored teas when the weather turns colder. I enjoy green tea year round, but I find I only like the flavored teas (chocolate, of course) when it’s cooler. It’s my skinny version of hot chocolate (which is another thing to like about Fall, but actually that’s more a thing to like about Winter).
Just when you think it’s Fall . . .
Tuesday’s run proved that while it’s technically Fall, Summer sometimes doesn’t go quietly. After a week of just picture perfect running weather, Tuesday dawned hot and humid. Compared to the previous few days, that is.
And that made my cut down run a real challenge. I nailed the first mile after the warmup, and I thought I was doing a good job on the next 2, but I was shooting for 12 & 11:30 mm and what I got was 12:17 and 11:42.
Don’t worry, I’ll take it.
Tape is the answer
Tape fixes everything. I think by the time my running “career” is over, I’ll have taped every area of my body. So after that pain & weird feeling Saturday, I taped my inner thigh and just kept it on for several days. I took it off yesterday — so far, so good.
Have you encountered phantom taper injuries?
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: