As I posted before, I've decided to run the Richmond Marathon on November the 10th. I was supposed to start my training the week of July the 8th but as usual things didn't go exactly as planned. The first thing to mess up my plans was me. I had this great idea that I should run 46 miles for the week of my 46th birthday, which ended on July 7th. It seemed like a good idea at the time until you consider that 46 miles is about 16 miles more than I usually run in a typical week and conventional wisdom says you should only increase your weekly mileage by 10% AT MOST.
So of course I ended up getting injured. This time BOTH of my Achilles tendons (ATs) were very, very sore. Just like last time (and the time before that and the time before that and.....) I responded by pretending that I wasn't hurt. We were on a trip out of town anyway, so I cut back to 20 miles for the week but that didn't help at all. So week one was pretty much a bust.
By the time week two rolled around, I figured out that I needed to rest so I took the entire week off. Zero miles.
Week three (July 23-29) I was actually able to get out and run and my ATs are feeling pretty good. I got in a very fast 5 miles on the treadmill at work Friday and then ran 10 miles at the canal Saturday. Other than a little soreness that I think is more from the speed work than the 10 miler, I feel good.
So at this point I've got 14 weeks to go and I'm not too far behind. I would really like to break 4 hours in this race but I don't think I have a solid enough base to PR by 30 minutes. I hit up some friends on Facebook on the subject and they agree that 4 hours is too much to shoot for. They all have a lot more experience than I do so they are probably right but I'm going to keep it as my best possible outcome goal while recognizing that the stars would really have to line up perfectly for that to happen.
Here are a few pictures from last weekend. The first couple show a blue heron sitting on a log in the river. I tried to get closer and take more shots but he flew off.