Pic 1: Two steps into a short taper run on Saturday I felt a twinge in my calf. Eight days prior to a marathon, that officially qualifies as "worst case scenario." Since then, I've been frantically icing, compressing, resting and rolling. As recently as yesterday, the calf still ached. I probably should have rested it completely until race day, but I went to bed last night determined to test it today. There was logic to this decision- if the calf was bad on Wednedsay, it was going to be bad on Sunday. Knowing this today would give me four days to sell my bib. But if the calf was good today, I could get in a couple taper runs before Sunday, better preparing me for race day. So this morning I went all-in and thankfully knocked out four pain free miles. My taper week panic is officially over. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice and sent me well wishes over the last four days. It was greatly appreciated. 🎵
Pic. 2: Kurt Vile released a fantastic new album a couple weeks ago called Bottle It In. Buried dead smack in the middle of the album is a cover of an old 70's country tune by Charlie Rich called Rollin' With The Flow. He Viles the song up a little bit, but for the most part it's a faithful and respectful version of the original which is kind of cool considering Vile's cosmic, trippy, indie aesthetic. The song is about refusing to act one's age - a theme near and dear to my heart.
Have a great Thursday, friends. East Coasters, enjoy the sun. Tomorrow it's supposed to snow!