Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"good" run

Well, "good" is a relative term. I ran 42 minutes without any pain and only noticed the shin a couple of times. I didn't have the acute pain I had when I first hurt it though. It was just an occasional discomfort like a tight muscle and not really in the same area. If I keep my mileage low for a while, I think I should be OK. A March marathon looks unlikely. I'll probably use Cherry Blossom as my goal race (closed out in 4 hours!) and run a May marathon as an afterthought. I set a huge marathon PR last spring without a lot of angst beforehand.


Joseph P. Wood said...

See, that's good news.

IMO--and take this with a grain of salt--I think it's good to have other distance goal races besides the marathon. It will give you a chance to work more on your speed and particularly your lactic threshold. In return, you'll be a "fuller" runner.

Greg said...

I agree. At the beginning of the year, I set 10 miles as my goal last spring (which I was trying to say in the post, but it didn't come across) and 20 miles in 2:30 as a Fall goal (just to be an oddball). I did better than anticipated at Cherry Blossom and decided to take a shot at a BQ (3:15) at a May marathon, but ran 3:24. Coming off a 19-minute PR, I was thinking a summer of good training would make 3:15 a lock in the Fall. Oh well.

Right now, I'm just trying to get the BQ monkey off my back and then focus on something else. I vacillate between wanting to do all slow mileage (mainly by run commuting to work) and run ultras or start at 5K or shorter (hard to find races) and work my way up.