In desperate need of advice…

Ohhh there were so many signs telling me to stay home, to not go for a run, to just stay in my pajamas, I’d be safer in my pajamas. But did I listen? Noooo. And what happens, just minutes after leaving the condo? I get dive-bombed by a bloody squawking crow – THREE TIMES!!!

Here I was, minding my business, waiting for my Garmin to kick in while burping up garlic toast and potato salad and barbecued mushrooms, and lime tart from last night’s barbecue (Note to self, stuffing yourself to near puking the night before a run isn’t the wisest thing no matter how good the food is) when this bloody black thing swoops right next to my ear, like not even a pinky nail distance away, I could feel the brush of its feathers, that’s how close it was. I nearly jumped right out of my toes! But I thought, okay, maybe it’s got hawk eyes and saw a worm poking up from the ground or something, it couldn’t possibly be going after me, right. Wrong. THREE TIMES!!! That thing wanted to take me out! That alone, should have had me turning back, but no, it just started my run a little sooner than planned (and by sooner I mean before the Garmin kicked in). Bloody nasty West Nile Virus infested bird! Lucky for me, today’s run was just a short run.

What, did you really think I was gonna take a picture of the psycho crow? As if! This pigeon was so much less threatening.


  • 11:30 a.m. BG before: 6.6 (1/2 pear, no bolus)
  • Temp. basal: -50 per cent (1 hour)
  • Distance: 6.11 km
  • Average pace: 6:14 min/km
  • Time: 38:05
  • 12:30 a.m. BG after: 8.1
  • Temp. basal: +50 per cent (1 hour)

Alright folks, I need your help. Desperately. I’ve got a marathon in one week. I haven’t been doing much running in the last two weeks, or much else for that matter. So here’s my conundrum: After not running for a full week before the half, my legs were so fresh and were like giddy up the second I crossed over the timing chip tarmac and continued that way for pretty much the whole distance. I want to feel that again. So, do I run or don’t I on Wednesday? Conundrum No. 2: Pilates. I haven’t done any pilates for two and a half weeks and I’m scheduled to go in on Thursday. But what if my body has gone lax in its time off and then gets all sore and achy the next day and the next and right up to the marathon? So, do I go to Pilates or don’t I on Thursday? Do I go aqua jogging? Do I hit the trainer? Or do I take my taper down to a whole new level and veg my way to Marathon Day? Please help.

(Note: I reserve the right to ignore any or all suggestions, but I gratefully appreciate them all nonetheless :D)

6 thoughts on “In desperate need of advice…”

  1. Do what your heart and body tells you to do! By the way Georgie was out chasing crows a lot yesterday, we are worried one will scoop her up they are so big this year….

  2. Run it. I have done the same thing. I was in Mexico last week and the most workout I did was lifting my beer and sweating in the sun! So I’m running the half, with a full 2 and a half weeks off… I think I will probs do some Yoga, so maybe one pilates? Good luck!!

  3. I vote go light this week. you definitely want those legs fresh I think a cold turkey week isn’t a great idea but that’s me.

  4. Remember nothing you do now will help your training (you’re as trained as you’re ever gonna be), but if you push yourself too hard in this last week the result could be an injury. Err on the side of caution.

  5. Light. My sister is an ultra runner, I believe she would say go “light”…but she is changing her stance a bit after meeting some old guy who does not taper…and runs ridiculously fast mile splits.

    BTW, “HI” my name is Reyna. Scully’s blog directed me here and she talked you up big when she and I met IRL. Nice to meet you. I look forward to following you. My son Joe is 7, he has type 1…he is a fairly active guy. Big into hockey, rollerblading, careening on scooters and sleds, and just all around crazy.

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