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    Sep 28, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    I got hit by a car Friday and I have been out of commission for the weekend. I am thankfully on the taper part of my training for the Chicago marathon, but since nothing like this has ever happened to me or to any of my other marathon buddies, what do you recommend in terms of finishing the taper.

    I was supposed to do 14 on Sat and then 2 on Sunday with 3 on Tuesday this week and 6 on Thursday and then 5 Sat and 2 Sunday for the final week. I obviously missed my 14 and 2 and will likely miss my 3 tomorrow since I am still in a lot of pain.

    Should I make up the 14 later this week and then just lose the one week of taper and head straight for the 3-2 mile runs during the last week?

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    Sep 29, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    I wouldn't do squat, Chicago is only a couple weeks away right?

    Really, if you have run marathons before, your body can handle the marathon. Why risk hurting yourself further?
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    Sep 29, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    Can my body handle it? Ya, but I still would like my performance at Chicago to be on par with what my training has set me up for. I am not the greatest runner so I worked really hard to get to 3:30 and I was on pace to break it. I will be a bit let down if I can't bc of this accident and the lack of proper tapering.
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I think your body will thank you with that sub 3:30 you desire.

    A couple years ago I was always posting around 3:30 and suffered a terrible fall down a steep flight of stairs. I was very crippled with a marathon 3 weeks away. I was walking through pain but found an awesome chiropractor, massage therapist and acupuncturist each of whom I visited weekly.

    Three weeks later, I was praying just to finish the marathon. I ran a 3:19, a PB at that time. SURPRISE.

    You may find the same thing happens to you too...
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    That is great and uplifting. I just feel so dedicated to running well so I can earn my spot as a serious marathoner. That being said, I have spoken with two pros locally who laugh at tapers. They informed that some just have two 22 milers , one week off, then the race. I guess it is ok to have some serious rest. I am still in a lot of pain. My friend really did put it in perspective when leaving the gym today: "Danny, you got hit by a fucking car, relax."

    Thanks for the advice.
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    Sep 30, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    You know it really depends on where the pain is. If it's bruising or scrapes you may be able to try pool running. If it's anything muscular, skeletal related, or there are severe cuts and bruises you're only risking not making it to the start line if you stress your body in that state.

    So the driver who hit you. Their license is revoked, right?
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    Oct 02, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    Hit and run, didn't get the info. If I break sub 3:30 I am going to write an op-Ed for the local newspaper about bad drivers and dedicate my marathon to the fuck wad in a Chrysler Seabring convert who hit me.
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    Oct 02, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    you'll do more damage by trying to throw down more miles than a) you're body is ready for and b) you need to do. My guess is you've put in the miles already and it's always difficult to taper. Tapering is a weird time.
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    Oct 02, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    I am resting for another 1-2 days and going to do a 3 mile run at marathon pace Sunday probably with 1-2 more runs next week. I will keep a loot on the lower ab wall to make sure it isn't getting worse and try not to be over sensitive to it.

    Tapering is a shitty time. Psychologically it feels 100% necessary yet there isn't any hard proof that it is physically necessary.