I've been having a lot of trouble with my running of late. First, missing sessions because of an unusual tightness in my hamstrings and recently while I have been able to complete a few good speed sessions I haven't been able to recover enough to do even the slow recovery runs the following day!
All this was happening while time was running out for a decent build up to my December marathon and I just couldn't see how I was going to get it together in time to be able to give myself a chance of a PB. It was getting complicated and there were just too many questions.
Dr Seuss once said “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” and in this spirit I decided to pull out of the Kakogawa marathon and just concentrate on getting myself fit and fast and in January 2011 start my Marius Bakken schedule for a run in the Nagano Marathon in Early April.
You may think I should wait and see and I'd agree but for two things. Applications have to be finalise by next week and I really feel that if I run one more marathon hard, under trained and lame it will jeopardise my sub 2:30 attempt and my career long term. I reckon I have one or two chances at breaking this and I don't want to leave it on a cold windy road in December of 2010.
While I am really pretty disappointed I have a renewed faith in my ability and can see the speed sessions on the MB schedules being the key to getting me PBs right up to my 50s. I'll have to go fast but not lose sight of the fact that......
"Slowly, slowly catches monkey!" ;)