|At least I looked fast, right!|
A 1 mile race in 25+ mph headwinds the entire time makes for a tough run! No sub 6 like I hoped, not close either (6:53) but I can't complain since there has been no speedwork in the past 2 months. I think I need to remember this when I want to register next year, I'll take a marathon any day over a 1 mile race. The best news from last night, the leg felt fine, such a relief both physically and mentally.
Now it brings me back to my big decision of changing from the full to the half marathon next weekend. Yesterday I was all set to do the half then after a talk with Matt and the pain free run I am reconsidering the full. The argument is: will it be better to run an easy marathon or attempt to race a half (which I know I will do)? Both physically and mentally it is probably best to take it easy on the full, but will I do this? Time to start thinking. I plan to take it easy with low running the rest of the 10 days and see what this brings, meaning another spin class today!
A friend posted an article about Pain and endurance athletes on Facebook yesterday which I found very timely and interesting. It kind of explains why I (and many others) continue to train through injury at times when we should probably rest. What do you think beneficial or negative? I think pain tolerance is helpful through those tough training runs and races, but sometimes this ability to push through can hurt us further when it is truly our body telling us to back off.