Took a step back these past few weeks to aid healing and reset with walking. Body is starting to respond and feeling stronger each day. The running, while not creating further injury was not allowing full recovery and if I am to run full out at Nationals this Thursday I am going to need to get some healthy tissue up in here.
Count down is on, toeing the line this Thursday at 7:55 at Foote Field.
Well it is safe to say things have not gone quite as planned and I did not run near as quickly as I had hoped down in Calgary this past weekend. I knew I would not make the qualifying standard for Nationals but I did want to be in the Zip Code so that I felt comfortable registering for Nationals on July 2nd and while I believe the fitness was there the Achilles were not and the pace reflected that.
By running in Calgary I did not do any further injury, I ran within the limitations of my Achilles. The question became after Calgary do I decide not to run Nationals or do I use these last few weeks to allow Achilles to heal and sacrifice fitness with a reduced training load and run Nationals with an less than impressive seed time and risk comments so to speak.
Difficult decision, how much out of ones comfort zone does one want to go and can an aging master athlete compete with the young guns of today. Conventional wisdom would say to sign up for Master Nationals and play with kids your own age.
Well at the end of the day it would appear I am not conventional and quite possibly delusional but I went ahead and registered. Good decision, bad decision hard to say, I guess we will find out.
There is something inside, not so sound too dramatic, that tells me I can run with the young guns and that I can resolve lingering back issues and rebound from this nagging Achilles injuries.
Training is progressing well but this achilles is keeping things honest, there is push in training, but still not where it needs to be with the goals. Caltaf Track Classic 5000m this Saturday with the sidebar of healing and good training this week.
I certainly did not knock it out of the park at the 10000m event a few weeks back but stride felt smooth, just no power or push on toe off due to healing achilles. The next weekend I went out to St Albert for a 3km where things felt stronger and it was nice to see positive progression.
We now have three weeks to prepare for the CALTAF 5000m down in Calgary.
On the training front, I have added 15 seconds downhill strides at the end of each of my short tempo runs and it has been outstanding for stride and cadence.
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