Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I'm training for my first marathon, which is Ogden on May 15th. I'm using Hal Higdon's novice 1 schedule, which had me run my last long run of 20 this past weekend, and now I'm doing a three week taper. Those of you following the spring marathon trainers threads know that I've been having some problems with toe cramping, which appears to be related to PF. I haven't really had any actual heel pain, except for the weekend of April 10. I had to cut my planned 18 miler short (did 14) because I couldn't keep the toe cramping under control, and I did have a little bit of heel pain for a few days after that. My doctor put me on a course of prednisone and gave me a shoe insert, and I didn't have problems finishing the 20 miles on Saturday.
I am a little concerned about not having done enough long runs, since I didn't finish the 18. This Saturday I'm scheduled to run 12. If I'm feeling good, would it be a mistake to tack an extra 6 miles on at the end, and have a two week taper instead of a three week taper? Mentally I think I would benefit from having done another long run. Is this physically a bad idea?
I'm running my mid-week middle distance run (8 miles) tonight, and if I feel okay I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow and see what he thinks. I'm also planning on basing my decision on how I feel after running the 12 on Saturday. If there's any discomfort at all, I have no problem sticking to the scheduled 12. Obviously the main goal is to make it to the starting line uninjured. If I feel good though, the extra 6 miles is going to be tempting. Feedback would be appreciated, I'm interested in what you more experienced marathoners have to say.