I just finished my second 20 miler for this training cycle, and I’m so glad to have a little bit of a base going into my marathon. The plan that I had been following was very low mileage and high intensity. Since I cut out the intensity, I feel much more comfortable going into the race with a little volume under my belt.
This run felt much stronger than my last 20 miler in Hilton Head, and I ran faster, on more hills, and with more miles with the stroller. This heart rate tracking is really great! I have no idea what to expect going into the San Francisco marathon. I’d love to be able to run fast, but the hills in SF are so much bigger than anything I’ve encountered here.
My shins are not hurting, but I’m aware of tightness in my soleus. I also have a little tightness in my hamstring. So, I’m rolling a bunch to be preventative. I have been using Rock Tape for my shins, and it seems to make a big difference. I know that there could be some placebo effect there, but I did not run with tape yesterday, and I definitely felt my shins and calf more on that 3.5 mile run than I did today on my 20 mile run. Here’s an interesting article explaining different sides of using tape. Most proponents will claim that kinesiology tape is useful to improve healing, lymphatic drainage and stability. Rock Tape is one of the stickier brands, which helps it be more effective (although it’s more expensive).
How many long runs do you do leading up to a marathon? This training cycle is only 7 weeks for me, and my shin scare has made it a bit unconventional!