Not quite the big week I had planned, but it's always smart to treat injuries right away when you're a month out from a big run. First the good: I hit the road early (4:00 a.m.) on Thursday for my 50 miler, and it couldn't have gone more perfectly. The humidity was 90% for the first half, and then the heat really kicked in by the end at high noon (low 90s). Neither bothered me at all as I stayed on top of my S-Caps and hydration the whole time. I've really found my hot/humid weather groove after the past month of running in both here in DC. I don't know what kind of weather I'll have in MA for the Run 192, but I can rest easy knowing I'm already prepped for the worst.
The less-than-good part of the week was I had a little flare-up/shin-splint in my right leg on Friday, so I took the day off in hopes that it would clear up the following morning for my scheduled 40 miler. After getting up early and hitting the road for that run on Saturday, however, I felt enough discomfort to cut things short and head home before doing more damage. If it was race-day, I definitely would have run through the pain, but in the name of wanting to stick to my training schedule as much as possible over the next month, I made the right call to take it easy. I had a similar injury while training last summer for the VT100, and a few days on the elliptical machine to get some non-impact work in allowed things to heal up quickly. I expect the same this time. I should be good as new this coming weekend to get a couple/three 25 milers in for a modified peak week.
Monday - Off Day
Tuesday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Wednesday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Thursday - 50.3 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail-Rt. 1-Huntley Meadows Park
Friday - Off (injury)
Saturday - 8 miles - to Reagan National and back (Aborted 40 miler)
Sunday - 5 miles - Elliptic-Hell Machine
Total: 80.3 miles