ORN: 20.4 miles, R2/W1, 11:12/mile
Well, that was disappointing.
After the problems with my right knee over the last 8 miles of the Portland Marathon, I decided to forgo my planned run of the Monumental Marathon in Indy on November 7. As a result, I refigured my training plans for the rest of the year and I was quite pleased with the layout. It meant I got to do more long training runs here at home.
The first one was set for today, a 23 miler. I was quite excited about it. I modified the route and timing, so I could make a big loop through the Purdue campus before the start of the big football game today with Ohio State, just to enjoy the atmosphere. (Little did I anticipate my Boilers would upset the #7 ranked Buckeyes!! What a wonderful surprise!)
The run was nice...I took it easy at a simple 2/1 pace and enjoyed the temps in the low 40s. But, out of the blue around mile 19, I felt my right knee start to lock up again, just as it did two weeks ago in Portland around mile 18. Today, by mile 20, I simply could not run. I had to walk the 2.5 miles back home.
Which gave me time to think. Re-think. Wonder. Question.
And after all that, I'm not sure just what I'm going to do. Part of me says to bag racing for the winter and work back towards a spring marathon. Part of me says to not panic, stay with the plan. Part of me says to follow advice of a lot of trainers who say to NEVER do a training run longer than 20 miles.
I truly welcome your comments and advice. I trust the educated input of all of my blogger pals.
What is clear, is to persevere. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal.