At the beginning of week three, I was a bit panicked. Emotionally, I really needed to believe that I could redeem myself in December, that I could make good on my goal, that I could capitalize on all that work that I did in the summer. But not being able to run that Monday certainly made the prospects look bad.
I worked my calves hard that night – ice, heat, self-massage, compression. And I went out on Tuesday to try again – I could run, I felt my calves the entire time – but I managed a run – something like 4 miles easy. My thought was to do about 2/3 to ¾ of the mileage of that week’s plan (in the normal marathon training plan) but all at base pace. And I more or less did – but my calves were dicey the whole week. I had AJ, my ART doc, look at things – and he did help them and he didn’t seem worried. So I kept going.
This was also the week that we were moving Derek out to Albuquerque. We had three long days of driving, and I wasn’t certain that I could get runs in while on the road. But – since I couldn’t run that Monday, I needed to run each day of the drive. And I did – I was determined. Two of them were just short 3 mile recovery pace runs – but it was still a challenge. And my calves were kind of getting better, but not fully.
The Sunday we were in Albuquerque (before I flew home) – I had a 12 miler planned (the normal run would have been 16). And we did it – we ran on the Bosque, Derek ran with me – and I finished 12 miles, at base pace. I even sped up in the last three miles – I felt good. Last mile was close to marathon pace.
I thought I was back. I had emailed Matt Fitzgerald about the possibility of coming back and running a marathon in early December. And he said – build up slowly and then do a challenging test long run at the end of two weeks. Depending on how that went – make a call. That two week period would end in week 4 – so I had a big week coming up.