Oh look, a post about running!
What? I forgot this was about running.
I’m scratching my head looking at my training plan because part of me cannot believe it’s already seven weeks to go and the other part of me is thinking, “Crap. Seven more weeks to go.” I’m definitely equal parts excited and ready to be at the starting line.
My training has been going ok thus far. I’m growing concerned about this heel pain I’ve been having. It didn’t really bother me that much until after last week’s long run. From what I’ve google/Web MD’d, it sounds like the beginnings of the dreaded plantar fascitis. I spoke with my track coach about it and he recommended I do some calf stretching. I do feel that my calves are pretty tight and that’s certainly leading to the heel pain. In addition to stretching, I’ll be icing and taking my NSAIDs. And crossing my fingers of course.

I’m hitting about 40 miles per week (give or take) and while this is less than I’ve previously done for marathons, I don’t quite feel the burning desire to RUN ALL THE MILES. I should hit 50 miles within the next couple of weeks before I begin taper. Going into this marathon I am feeling more relaxed about it and don’t necessarily want the pressure I’ve put on myself in the past. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to shoot for a goal but I also just want to have a good race and put another marathon in the books.
Speaking of goals, since I am only seven weeks out, I think a 3:45 is in my best interest. A 3:45 will get me a PR and I think it’s in line with my current fitness level. I’ve read every training calculator out there and I’ve been getting stronger every week. I’m trying to find that sweet spot of having an attainable goal that isn’t “easy.” If that makes any sense?

So, what’s new with all of you?