I am happy to report to all my cilley friends that my head is once again firmly reattached somewhere north of my armpits. I am restarting my training, with my first injury behind me.
That makes today the second day of Week 8, so I'm on to Day 51 of my marathon journey. As I reported in my spotty blogging (does that sound dirty?) over the last two weeks, since being injured on October 8 I have only been able to run a couple of times, logging in only 4.62 miles over a week's time where I was scheduled to run closer to 25. On Saturday, I participated in the Catalyst Challenge, my first real run to see where I was at injury-wise. I was originally planning to run their 10K but out of caution I switched to the 5K instead. I didn't run the whole way, it was definitely not my fastest time ever, I overdressed for the weather and couldn't get my breathing right, but -- most importantly -- my leg did NOT hurt at all. Sunday I sat down with my training schedule and decided I would drop back into my training schedule for the week before I was injured. I undertook this training with the idea that I would have to make adjustments along the way, mainly for work and weather, so I have room to do this. I am so glad that I do.
Today I ran my entire 40 minute run, doing just about the same distance I did on Saturday overall but about four minutes faster. A tad demoralizing that, since I walked a good chunk of Saturday's 5K whereas I ran all the way today. But still, about 1:25 faster per mile is nothing to sneeze at. I do not foresee a problem doing my Wednesday and Thursday training; Saturday has 90 minutes on the schedule, my mom gets into town that day, and we're doing the Run Like Hell Portland 5K on Sunday so I will gauge how I and my leg feel before adding that much mileage at the end of the week. I may do only 45 minutes on Saturday since I will be doing the 5K thang on Sunday. I also may walk the 5K with my mom so she isn't all by her lonesome.
Break time is over. Hope everyone is starting their week off in a wonderful way. Big big congrats to Nicole for not only completing her first marathon but beating her goal time as well! Yay Nicole!!