I want to be a part of it....

on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Today is the eve of the New York marathon.  I started this training cycle with the intent of not doing a long run pace marathon, but it seems that is probably what I will end up doing tomorrow.  My calf is  better, much better than it was two weeks ago, but I haven't really tested it.  I went on a few runs over the past few weeks hoping to do at least 10k each time, but ended up calling it quits after less than a mile.  My left calf still had a dull achy feeling that made itself known as I would start to run.  I felt that any losses in cardio could be made up for by going slower during the race, a busted up calf however would force me to drop out so rest was the preferred course of action these past few weeks..  

I feel I've loss quite a bit of fitness.  My resting HR is much higher than it normally would be at peaking training and even the few runs i've done have been at more elevated HR.  A goal of 3:15 is out the window and so is 3:20.  I ended up with a 3:30, 3:40 and 3:45 pace bands from the expo, but won't make the call until after the first few miles of the race when I get a feel for my effort level and calf situation. I may end up doing the bring a camera along thing and forgoing a goal time all together.    

Whatever happens tomorrow, I'll be okay with since I've learned a lot this training cycle so hopefully bigger and better things are in store for next year.

If you're reading and interested in tracking, I'm bib 7525.  See you on the flip side.