Saturday 1/2 -
12 miles at park and averaged 7:00 pace. I ran the first 3 miles fairly easy at ~7:40 pace with a lady who was training for her first marathon. I passed her and she asked if I minded if she tried to keep up with me for the rest of the lap so I ran with her and gave her some tips for her first marathon. The slower pace felt really good - I didn't notice any soreness in my hamstring so I decided to pick up the pace. I was contemplating trying to run 6 - 9 miles at marathon pace, but I got down to about 6:40 pace and that felt fast enough and I didn't want to do anything too stupid so I maintained a 6:40 - 6:45 pace for the rest of the run. It was the longest run I had done in two weeks and I was happy I made it through it. I'm taking Sean's advice to run at the park on easy surfaces and not push it too hard because one workout isn't really going to change the outcome of my marathon unless I do something dumb and make my leg feel worse.
Friday 1/1 -
Relatively easy 8 miles at the park in 58 minutes. I went out for a run Friday afternoon and I was surprised how packed the park was. I guess everyone who was out too late partying Thursday night and everyone starting their new years resolutions came out. Hamstring was kind of sore and had some issues with the tendon the last mile of the run.
5 miles at park, didn't wear a watch. Hamstrings and quads were kind of tender after my massage Wednesday evening. I thought about taking the day off, but I'll be taking a day or two off next week as I start tapering so I decided to get out and get a relatively easy run in.
9 miles at park in 65 minutes. Not a good day. Went out the door trying to do up to 24 miles, but no way my legs could handle it today. Planned to do 9 mile loop at park, stop by house for gatorade and energy gel, 9 mile loop from house around bayou, then 6 mile loop at park. Hamstring was pretty sore after 9 miles and I could have gone longer than 9, but no way I was going to get 20+ in on it. I didn't know if running 15 - 18 would do any damage, but I had thoughts of trying 18 - 20 on Saturday if it was feeling better so I stopped after 9 and hoped that my afternoon massage would help it out. Afternoon massage working on hamstrings and quads for most of the hour. They were really tight and needed a lot of work. I will probably get two more massages before the marathon trying to loosen and get everything healed up.
Ran 7 miles at lunch with a coworker. Didn't wear a watch, but probably ran first 4 miles at ~7:15 pace and last 3 at sub 6:40 pace (trying to beat the approaching storm back to the office). Hamstring and tendon bothered me some the last couple of miles.
7 miles on treadmill in 50 minutes. I hate running on treadmills. We were in the Cincinnati area over Christmas and it was cold and windy. The windchill was 7 on Monday morning so I decided to run on the treadmill and watch all the football highlights on sportcenter. I won one of my fantasy football league championships so I got a chance to see all the touchdowns my team scored. Did I mention I hate running on treadmills? I almost went outside for the run with a hat, gloves, windproof pants and a couple of long sleeve shirts, but I didn't really know the area that well and I didn't want to get lost or have to walk back if my hamstring really started hurting.