We've gone a bit quiet here at Runningprofs. Not sure quite why. I had a chaotic Spring, and training and racing took a back seat to professional and family obligations. I did run two half marathons, both slowly (Berlin and Brooklyn), and will try to find a few minutes to post about both. I'm trying to get going with marathon training for the Fall, but I'm woefully behind schedule. I've been running, but I haven't been running far. The longest run I've been able to manage is about 8 miles. I'm not quite sure why I haven't been able to ramp it up. It's been a combination of lack of base, extra weight, and creakiness. I've felt fine for a few miles, but after around 4, my form falls apart, and my legs go dead. Not sure what's going on. Most recently, on top of that, I've been nursing glute/hamstring tightness that seems just on the edge of turning into a full blown case of sciatica. My response has been to focus on swimming and biking, so I'm feeling pretty good, but the tightness remains.
Yesterday, I let myself get talked into being the 10th man on the club team for the NYRR Team Championships. I fully disclosed my diminished state and promised that I would run no more than a 9 minute pace. They insisted, so I did it. It was fun, but I made good on my promise, running a 9:11 pace for five miles. It wasn't easy, and I felt like I was flirting with disaster the whole way. Still, it was fun
All of this is a longwinded way of saying, I have no idea where this is all headed. Am I going to try to run a Fall Marathon? Am I retired? Who knows . . .