I ran on Sunday and was pretty disappointed with the experience. I was aiming for anywhere between 10 and 15 miles at something close to marathon pace. About 10 or 11 miles into the run, my right heel (again) really started to act up. I walked/jogged the final 3 miles and called it quits. I'm not sure where this leaves me. I will continue to treat the foot and try to find some improvement, but I'm definitely discouraged by its progress. I can't seem to get more than about 10 or 11 miles into a run before it acts up.
Right now, I think that I'm going to change my scheduled marathon in Quad Cities on September 23rd to a Half-Marathon, so that the wear and tear is a little less looking forward to Chicago in October and the Fall 50 later that month.
As much as it hurts, I'm not sure that the BQ is going to happen this fall. I'm not completely resigned to that idea yet, but I'd say it's a less than 50/50 probability at the moment. The last two summers I have run spring and then fall marathons. If I do end up having to bring my speed down this fall and don't hit the mysterious "3:10," next year may be a different kind of year. I think I may focus on Half-Marathons throughout the year and only really aim at Chicago in the fall, and perhaps another marathon in August. Using this strategy, I would surely get my Half time down to somewhere near 1:30, which would allow me to be in the fast corral in Chicago. I would also avoid some of the overuse injuries I've struggled with in late August/early September the last two years.
The plan and the schedule may change, but the goal is the same...Three Hours and Ten Minutes.
As for Monday, Ellie and I "Biked the Rainbow" and had a blast. We started with the biggest (purple) loop, and made our way down to the treacherous little pink loop. We both were sweaty, dirty, but smiling, and had a blast accomplishing something we'd talked about doing together since earlier this spring.