Today was long run day. It was cool -- 10 degrees C., which is as good as it gets this time of year. But my hamstring was still very tight the whole run. A bit of pain still on the landing, and you could hear my right foot shuffling a bit -- almost holding me back -- on every stride. But I did it, so I can't say that I'm disappointed. Still two weeks to recuperate before the big day.
No question that I'll be able to do the marathon and no question that I'll get a PB for the Corning Wineglass Marathon this year. What _is_ in question is whether or not I'll be able to get my BQ.
I was looking for no faster than 8:30s today. Here are my splits today:
8:50 (pace, 0.61 miles)
My average pace was 8:39, so I'll take it. I definitely struggled up anything with a hill because of my gimpy hamstring. But I'm happy that I was able to run the distance. Lots of stretching of my right leg between now and October 6!