One thing I've always been amazed by is my body's ability to hold on when it needs to hold on and then utterly collapse when it has the opportunity.
I remember pushing my body beyond its limits during exams in university. I did not get enough sleep, I did not eat as well as I should and I was mentally and physically exhausted. My body held on but I knew I would pay for my sins. My body seemed to know exactly how long it had to hold strong - I literally handed in my final exam, sneezed once and hardly made it back to my room before being overcome by a horrible cold that held on most of my Christmas vacation.
My body seems to do the same thing with running. Last week, I put a lot of mileage on my legs. On every run, they felt strong and I did not have any shin pain, calf tightness or other discomfort. Even after running 20k, they felt great.
Last night, I had to pull off an easy 40 minute run.
Tight calves and ankles. Sore shins. Even my feet acted up.
My body holds up when I really need it to but as soon as it hears the words 'easy week' it falls apart.
Every easy week results in a predictable body breakdown but, ironically, the fact that it's an easy week makes it ok. Geoff will take care of things on Thursday. I am supposed to take'er easy on this week's runs so I'm not bothered when they don't go well.
My body needs a break - it's going to get a break.
The only way that this marathon is going to happen is if my body and I work together. It does what it needs to do when I ask it. I have to do everything I can to take care of it - with an extra bit of TLC on the easy weeks.
Alone we are strong. Together we are stronger.