This week did not go according to plan, but I think it'll be okay, in the end.
After some awesome intervals at the track on Tuesday, I started to feel like I might be getting shin splints.
So, I took Wednesday off entirely and bailed on my scheduled Turkey Trot, replacing that fun with watching the elites.
Lots of icing, compression socks, and hoping for the best.
I did 45 minutes of power yoga instead of my Thursday run. I'd forgotten just how many pushups are in a session of power yoga. My arms are still sore.
Friday, I tested my legs with a nice easy 3 miles at 9:34. They felt okay. But I iced again just to be sure.
Saturday, I woke bright and cheery with no pain in my legs, so I headed out for my last long run of the cycle, 1.7 to L's house @ 9:50; 4.87 with L @ 9:52; 1 @ 10:17 (ate my gel) to the track; and the last 1.32 @ an easy and sustainable 9:25. I walked a bit to cooldown for a total of 9.64 miles.
Today, I did 3 miles with E (the longest distance he's ever run): 9:50; 9:45; 9:07. A little walking to cool down and the week is done.
Assuming the weather is okay, I feel fairly good about my plan to head out with the 4:10 group and a goal of running steady 9:30s for as long as I am able to do so.
The weather prediction is alternating between showers and overcast. I'm just hoping it'll firm up on the overcast side of things by race day.
7 days to go.