But seriously, I’m excited for my third marathon on the beautiful Jersey Shore! My goal is conservative, but that doesn’t mean I’m taking training any less seriously. I’m approaching my taper with a little more experience under my belt, and if this is like last time, a few aches and pains will likely start creeping up my legs any minute now.
I don’t think it’s any cause for worry…or is it? I never experience these phantom injuries during a taper for a half marathon, and having only done this a couple of times before, the taper crazies have me wondering: is my sore foot a serious case of PF? Is my sneeze indicative of a case of SARS? Does that wonky feeling in my back mean I have sciatica!? Does that click I heard mean my kneecap is going to pop off and roll down the street!?!?
Please tell me this is normal! Have you experienced “phantom” injuries during a marathon taper–that is, nagging aches and pains that you haven’t felt during your training? Do you (or would you) take them seriously?
As always, we’ll take your answers in the comments!