Eleven weeks to go before race day. Time for a cut-back (recovery) week and an assessment.
I've decided to run 35 miles this week. I will run only base pace or slower...no speed work...maybe some pick-ups. Why? The assessment part:
I've been battling Achilles tendinitis for over four weeks. I also have a right inner, upper thigh, groin issue. It will tighten during rest, loosens okay during work-outs. I am sure these are related to the hills and extreme slant to the roads out here, I try to stay on the crown of the road as much as possible but it still takes a toll.
I'm not too worried about these problems but they are enough to be a real bother. After this week I will build for three more weeks into the 50 mile range so I need to rest up a little.
On a positive note I feel like I am running better than I have in a long time. I feel strong and sure. There is still a little voice that occasionally says "you can't do it, Mark".
It reminds me of my first marathon. At about mile 7 or 8 I am passing a person. We run together for a few moments and exchange kind words, etc. This person asks me what time I'm aiming for. I reply with the goal of breaking four hours. They say, O you can't do that now.
I finished with my current PR of 4:05.33. Just missed it!!! They were right....but I think I can do it now....I need some more long runs, pace runs, progression runs, and a couple of good races for confidence. Totals- 4.07 miles-
Hope your training is going well! Peace!
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