Three weeks from yesterday, I line up for the Illinois Marathon. That means I should have done my last long run yesterday.
My taper for the LA Marathon was really messed up by a 24 miler three weeks pre-race on a very slick, snowy surface. I had decided to not go so long this time, aiming for a "mere" 17 miles this weekend and then keep active until race day.
However, about 8 miles into the planned 17 yesterday, the strain in my upper right calf (which has been steadily resolving since the LA race) acted up. It got tight and was affecting my gait. I was approaching a "T" in my running route, where I had to decide to either head back home for only 11 or keep on grinding it out to try to get the 17. I decided to head home, in hopes of staying healthy, keeping the miles up through the taper and seeing what happens. I knew from the LA prep what happens when I grind it out and then can't run for 2-3 weeks.
So 11 miles it is, three weeks out. May try again to do 12-14 next Saturday. In either event, we'll learn more about tapering, won't we?
Persevere. That's always the right thing to do.