The good of this training cycle: My training for the race didn't go TOO bad, but it wasn't completely perfect. I essentially had a 16 week cycle where by I maxed out at 60 miles and ran three 20 mile runs. During the last half of the training plan I ran one "quality" day and tried to get at least one "pace" day in - although I can admit that I wasn't as successful with that as I would have liked. I probably got both in about half the time.
My buddy Jeff emailed me asking about this last week's lack of online run entries
Yeah, that wasn't an omission. BLAH
Update: seriously, if I don't pee soon this is all going to get....interesting....
The ugly: Well, I tweaked my knee about a week and a half ago and haven't really had a good run since. In fact, I haven't ran at all this week to try to get it completely back in action. [Insert completely irrational marathon freakout here.] Thus far it hasn't worked and it is still very achy. But, I'm still hopeful that resting and icing was the right call and I'll perform some sort of miraculous recovery. To be doubly sure, I'm picking up as many pennies as I can and have been double checking all horses I see for unicorn horn nubs. (Everyone knows that true knee healing comes from unicorns.)
Pants off. Ice on.
In all seriousness, I don't think my knee is THAT bad, but it certainly isn't 100% which is a bit frustrating. Oh well. I knew that I wasn't going to run a PR race so I just plan to take it easy and go with the flow. I think that on a perfect day I could run a 3:08ish, so I plan to go out a bit slower than that and see what happens. So, that would make my A goal sub 3:10, my B goal sub 3:15 and my C goal don't get hurt, dummy.
The race weather looks to be perfect at around 45 degrees and the race is mostly flat with the only 'real' hills being a bridge into Canada (eh?) at the start and an overpass after the tunnel coming back from Canada. So, other than my knee, I really don't a GOOD reason to not run at least moderately well this weekend. Dang.
Also, since I know it is Friday and I haven't done it in ages, here is a Funny Foto Friday Pic.
Halloween is great. Snickers are better.
Finally, I did a Breast Cancer walk with my son last weekend, more on that soon! Happy Friday!