Less than two weeks to go... the training plans recommend to still keep up the same level of intensity but just with shorter distances. You don't want to lose any of the "fitness" that you've been developing.
I know my legs feel off, but I've decided to just suck it up and keep pushing myself to keep up with my regular training. I took a Spinning class yesterday and it was awesome - didn't feel any discomfort at all! My legs felt better afterward as well... I think it's good to keep them moving. I took a yoga class after that which helped, too.
This morning, I decided to go for what used to be my regular 4 mi Tuesday morning run. I had to skip the last few weeks because I was still sore from the weekend runs. I walked a little bit at first... and I know this is weird, but I was actually scared to start running. I just didn't know how my legs would feel. When they're sore, they feel heavy I guess and my left calf feels kind of weak, like it might cave in under me.
I know, I know - I'm over-reacting. But here's the thing, I'm not and have never been a real athlete. I've never had any real physical problems (KNOCK ON WOOD!) so I'm not used to having my body not respond the way I want it to. Woops - double negative. Anyway, running lately has just been weird. The legs feel off.
But back to this morning. I walked at first and then I cautiously started to slowly jog. I was happy to discover that it was much better than Sunday's attempt! It went so well, that I was able to run the whole 4 miles without walking. I know it's weird for me to be so happy about this when I just did 12 mi on Sat but oh well. Maybe because last Tuesday I could barely walk. :)
The main point is that this morning, I finally felt like I was on my way on the recovery path. Spinning again tomorrow and then TNT workout on Thursday. I hope to report continued good news after then.