Tonight’s run was another encouraging outing. It was the first time in two weeks that I actually ran the distance suggested in my marathon training schedule. The other exciting item from today was my heel pain, both walking and running, decreased noticeably today.
The run was 5.05 miles in 42:59 or 8:30/mile pace. It was the best my right heel has felt in weeks. I truly focused on getting the miles in tonight and did not worry about the pace at all. Interestingly enough, overcoming this injury has sharpened my focus during my runs. I’ve been intent on trying to avoid any additional injuries this close to the marathon.
That focus has put an end to any thoughts during my last few runs. Cccasionally, when things are feeling good, I might slip in a thought or two about how things might feel during the race or how I will warm up and stretch to ensure the tendon feels as good as possible. For now, I’m completely content with some thoughtless miles.