Yesterday's 10-miler concluded a nice drop-back week...and week 16 of a 25-week training cycle. I'm giving myself credit for two speed work-outs last week, as I did a tempo run on Friday and ran all 10 miles yesterday at goal marathon pace or a bit faster.
Everything still feels good, and I credit the work I've been doing with a Physical Therapist. After some thought about the level of discomfort I experienced in the closing miles of the National Marathon in March, I decided to connect with NOVA Pain and Rehab to strengthen my legs to avoid a repeat in New York in 10 weeks.
The treatments and exercises have paid large dividends. Everything feels very comfortable, and I'm hopeful that the hills in Central Park at the close of the marathon in November won't suck the life out of me!
I'll start doing regularly scheduled speed drills this week in the evening at a nearby track after work. Honestly, I'm ready for the diversion. It will be good to focus on something other than base-building, and equally good to have a free morning during the week in favor of the evening track sessions. I expect to be joined by some of the runners from the DCFIT Training Team for the speed work.
Only 8 weeks of really strenuous training remaining, and I plan on getting three 20-milers in during the next two months. 16 this coming weekend...then the jump to the first 20-miler after that!