My marathon training schedule called for a 45 minute tempo run. I guess technically I can call it a tempo run since I had a slower pace at the beginning and end with a faster pace in the middle, but I didn’t run as fast as usually during the middle portion. My right heel felt pretty much like it did yesterday, a little sore at the beginning but better shortly after warming up.
During this tempo run, I was able to cover 5.78 miles (not too far off my pace for the same workout on 8/30/12) or 7:47/mile pace. I was pleased with the effort while at the same time avoiding straining my Achilles too much.
Only 18 days until the marathon. I hope I continue progressing at the same rate, and if so, I feel I will be ready to run the race competitively and shoot for my Boston qualifying time of faster than three hours and 15 minutes.