I ran the slowest 5 miles I’ve run in ages. I almost quit at half a mile because my calf was seriously protesting. But I walked a bit then practiced my Chi Running form and it got better. But I had to keep my pace slow because it felt pulled tight at faster paces. My average was in the high 10 minute miles. Ugh.
The good news is that it loosened up for the last mile. I even managed a tenth of a mile at my usual pace of 8:33. I wasn’t trying to go faster, but rather was listening to my body and how safe it felt to go.
It was also warm. 75 degrees in the shade. I ran at around 10am, which will be the tail end of the marathon if I’m able to get that far, so it was good practice with the temperature. Hopefully we’ll have some wind. Honestly, though, running at paces over 10 minute miles doesn’t really make me get all that sweaty. I suspect sunburn is going to be a bigger risk.
I’m back to icing. I think if I keep rolling and stretching the calf, I will be ok. But I’m pretty sure that revised 4:00-4:15 marathon goal time ain’t happening. It’s ok. I’m just hoping to finish without breaking myself.