The One Five Days Before the London Marathon …

My current internal monologue …

Oh God, I have a muffin top. Tapering is making me fat. 

Would cropped running tights or full length make me look slimmer. Must remember to do a fat-test in the mirror later. Add that to the to-do list.

I only wish I had had a more positive response to the question ‘Can I wear Spanx whilst running a marathon?’

[To boyf] Wake up!! Do you think I’m putting weight on? I think I’ve put weight on.

[Boyf briefly opens his eyes with a look I’ve seen on wildlife documentaries, right before the lion eats its prey. Makes a token ‘You’re not fat’ comment and rolls over]

Well, I have put weight on. And I don’t think I’ve put in enough training. This is going to be a nightmare. Should I do a long-ish run tonight? 

No, you shouldn’t run tonight, you mentalist! It’s five days before the marathon. This isn’t in the plan. STICK TO THE PLAN.

I think my knees aching. Is it an ache or a pain? Pain score it. 

Erm, it’s a 6. Is 6 good or bad? I need emergency physio. 

How early can I call the physio? What time is it anyway? 6am!!!

Why can’t I sleep beyond 6am anymore? This has happened every morning for almost a week. 

I bet I oversleep on Sunday morning. Must remember to set more than one alarm. Add that to the to-do list. I’m probably going to need another bit of paper. It’s quite long. 

Is everyone else running London going through this?

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4 thoughts on “The One Five Days Before the London Marathon …

  1. That’s tapering play mind games with you! It’s totally normal, you will be fine. Good luck!

    • gregoryhelen says:

      Glad to hear that this is normal. I lay awake every morning wondering if there are other runners doing the same thing, having the same thoughts. Good to know you’re all out there going through it as well! Haha.

  2. Hazel says:

    Totally going through this tapering paranoia or Maranoia, already this week I’ve thought I had, chest pains, shin splints, a hernia, calf pain, hamstring ache. I’m totally falling apart! But really excited too! Good luck !!

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