3 days into the new week, and 0 miles run. That's right - uber taper's on like Donkey Kong.
The tendon in my left foot is still sore as shit which will only be exacerbated by running 26.2 miles on hilly asphalt and concrete this weekend. But at least I can look forward to taking some significant time off post-race. Other than pacing duties in September, my next race won't be until October (the Long Beach 1/2).
As far as goals for San Francisco go...really, it's just to finish at this point. By now (and assuming I'm healthy) I'm fairly confident in my ability to throw down a sub-4 hour marathon at any given race. But I'm far from healthy right now so to make it across the line would be something of a feat in of itself. If it really starts to bug, I may have to cut it short at the 13.1 mile mark at Golden Gate Park. Hope this won't be the case.
Speaking of which, it was around this time last year at the San Francisco Marathon when I ran my first sub-4 marathon (you can read about it here). I remember at the time just how happy I was to finally clear that proverbial hurdle. Not surprisingly, I kept chasing more ambitious times, only to realize after awhile that it would be a never-ending cycle of seeking that fulfillment that would never quite be met. Maybe that's the point of it - to never hang your hat on past accomplishments. But I chose to focus on rediscovering my love of this sport instead of weighing so much success on how fast you get from 'point A' to 'point B'.
Now don't get me wrong by thinking I'm above running fast times - not the case. I would give a lot to be able to run a sub-3 hour marathon. But at what sacrifice? I guess that's more my point. If I have to choose between enjoying my runs versus following a regimented schedule of tempos/intervals/hill repeats...right now, I'm more inclined to choose the former. Especially now that I know what it feels like to not be able to run. Period.
So the plan for the next couple of months is this: finish SFM relatively healthy, rest (and rest some more), pace Stuart on his first 100-miler, try to run a PR at the Long Beach Half in October, and then focus my attention on training for my next 50K (and possibly 1st 50-miler).
Training for a sub-3:30 marathon will come at some point I'm sure. But for now, I'll just be happy to run through a week healthy and painfree.