I just found out that my travel medical insurance has an exclusion clause for organized sports, including racing of all kinds. In other words, I’m covered for any illness or injury while I’m here in Canada, but not for anything incurred during the race itself. Running was not listed in the sports exclusions… but it is the competitive, organized nature of the event that excludes me. It was buried in the fine print in the certificate itself – I thought I was covered but the truth is that I’m not.
So my plan is just not to get any serious injuries during the race!
But this is a big concern, so I did a little research and I discovered that lots of British insurance companies sell marathon insurance/ competitive sports insurance to residents of the UK. However, no one seems to do this for US residents. What do all the runners of marathons abroad do for insurance? Anyone know?
EDIT: I’d pay to add coverage if I could find something that applies but it doesn’t seem like it exists? I’m already in Canada, which might affect my ability to buy, not sure…
I’m starting with this list and building my own. Don’t want to forget anything!
I pushed Sunday’s run to today, holiday Monday, since I was dehydrated from travel and wanted a recovery day. I’ll run today, Wednesday, and Friday this week. I will get back to doing my rehab exercises properly too, now that I’m home. I’ll record my training here.
- Sunday – rest/ travel recovery
- Monday – 10.1 miles
- Tuesday – rehab exercises
- Wednesday – 3.15 miles
- Thursday – rehab exercises
- Friday – 5.05 miles
- Saturday – rehab exercises
TOTAL DISTANCE: 18.3 miles
This article from Runner’s World was very helpful.
I made it 20 miles over the Vermont hills today and feel great. Very little soreness, and I felt much better over 20 miles than I did over 17.5 last week. Now it’s time to taper and in 3 weeks I’ll be done the marathon!
- Sunday – 20.04 miles
- Monday – Total rest
- Tuesday – Supposed to be rehab, but I’m having trouble fitting it in here. :(
- Wednesday – Run 4.43 miles
- Thursday – Rest
- Friday – Run 5.71 miles
- Saturday – Rest/ Fly
TOTAL DISTANCE: 30.18 miles
It’s my 20-miler tomorrow. I’m nervous. That’s good, because I’ll probably be nervous before race day. I can practice getting a good sleep in spite of nerves. :D Truth is I’m just nervous because it’s unfamiliar terrain, and very hilly. Hope to leave by 6:30 or 7 so I can be done in time to recover before friends are here for brunch.
This is great. My right leg is feeling totally back to normal today. Well, maybe a little tight (that’s normal these days) but not injured. I’ll be able to run today as originally planned.
I never did develop significant knee pain after yesterday’s very long run. This is an amazing improvement and I think it indicates healing and recovery! In bad news, yesterday evening I began to develop symptoms of a minor strain to my calf muscle or a connected tendon on the right side. This does not seem to be really serious but I’m proceeding with caution. It is only painful during certain movements and the muscle still works normally. It stiffens up during long periods of disuse but seems to respond well to stretching and massage and feels normal once it gets warmed up and used. I am being really nice to it today and hoping it will feel better ASAP.
Yeah! Big run this morning – 17.56 miles. Ran through some serious pain, but it felt good to succeed and overcome. Heading into the tough travel week and then things should get easier. Will update here as my week goes along.
- Sunday – 17.56 miles
- Monday – Total rest
- Tuesday – 5.05 miles
- Wednesday – rehab ex’s
- Thursday – 5.71 miles
- Friday – Total rest
- Saturday – rehab ex’s – reduced version because I couldn’t do them until later because of seminar. Must do PROPERLY next week.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 28.32 miles