Two more days in the pool. An hour yesterday at medium intensity, some intervals today with a guest runner. Feel like I am stuck between trying to cram in some last-minutequality work to make up for all the time I spent the past 6 weeks babying my foot and taking it easy to prepare for the race. Not that I ever really have a structured plan for any evolution, but this one has me consulting the magic eight ball more than usual.
Yesterday’s hour in the pool pretty uneventful. Achilles actually felt pretty good waking up, hoping that is a sign of having turned the corner on it, if not for this weekend at least for the rest of the fall. Massaged it and the rest of the legs afterwards because I could.
Brian Ober joined me in the water this afternoon as my interval partner. Same drill I’ve done before, rotating on and off the treadmill – one rests while the other runs. Ended up running 8×2:00/4×3:00 with about 90 seconds rest. Worked the underwater treadmill and resistance jets eventually up to maximum speeds, getting to be old hat. Brian actually gets props for his effort, hanging in there much more valiantly than most “guest interval-ers”. On the last rep he conquered “max power” like an experienced pro….
That will probably be it for quality work for the week. Had thought about hitting the trail for a little tempo work tomorrow, having second thoughts about that now. Not that I need any more ‘issues’, but I started coming down with a head cold on Sun/Mon that is now in full bloom. The initial symptoms were exactly like those I experienced prior to Boston ’10 and Albuquerque ’11, which would be a bad thing since those two bouts with a sinus infection wiped me out. This one seems to just be your basic nasal faucet thus far, the energy level seem to be hanging in there. Will be watching this closely…
Unless I wake up on death’s doorstep I guess I will enter the race tomorrow – have been waiting like usual to make sure nothing crazy happened schedule/health wise, so achillesand cold aside I suppose I am in relatively ‘good shape’. Whether I am actually in good shape is yet to be determined – I guess the race clock and competition will answer that question for me Saturday morning….