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.
Passionate runner and nordic skier who happens to own a run & ski shop!