My tight muscles are getting much better and the sore knee, too. I can’t really say what made the difference, but what I do know is that I spend much more time stretching, rolling and naked running. Not sure if everyone is familiar with the slightly ambiguous term “naked running”, so I think I better explain. I don’t strip off clothes for the run, but all things that might distract me. Like music or target pace and distance. It is good sometimes to run just for the sake of it, try to have fun, being aware of your stride, breathing and rhythm. I am glad that my legs are more back to normal. And to celebrate it I couldn’t resist and signed up for an other marathon, Hamburg on the 21st of April – two weeks after Paris. Running two marathon within two weeks is definitively a new challenge. Lets see how it goes!
It’s March and this means I have to step up my weekly distance. From 66 to 72k. I feel a bit under pressure now. My knee discomfort is not getting worse, but my leg muscles do, especially my calves. And I a wonder why. What changed over the last weeks that makes my muscles feel so tight and knotted? Can caffein withdrawal cause that? I am giving up coffee for lent and the withdrawal symptoms have been horrific: headache, tiredness, moodiness to name a few. Do I have to add muscle tightness to this list? Or are my new trainers the cause? They are a bit flatter than my old ones, but thinking about it, how much cushioning can be left in a pair old trainers, that I got 5 years ago and are literally falling apart? What ever the reason is, one answer is probably more stretching and massaging my legs. I even got one of those foam rollers and lie down every night on my bedroom floor with calves or IT band on the roller called the Grid and torture myself. The fact that it is very painful proofs the point. It help initially, but a couple of hours on the calves feel as tight as before. I am just carrying on out of lack of options. At least it is not getting much worse anymore. And there are only 26k left till Saturday. Seems to be doable (I keep telling myself).