Fingers crossed for you, Pete! I hope things hold up.
Even though my left hamstring/butt still bothers me, I have been getting in really good training the last month and I'm happy with it. I'm a lot slower than I used to be, but I'm handling some very tough workouts and hitting the times (slow as they may be) that I'm supposed to.
About 65 miles this week. The weather was better this week and now it's really nice out (though this morning it was a wee bit chilly for the long run).
2 workouts this week: 4 x 6:40 at tempo effort with 1 min. jog recovery on Wed. and 2 x 1600m at 10k pace, 3 min. rec. and then 8 x 400m at 3k pace (ugh!!!) with 100m jog rec. (the slowest jog you have ever seen ;-) )
Plus, 15 miles on trails this morning with my two friends, though I had to do the last 3 miles alone as they aren't up that far for their long runs.
I was proud of myself for doing the track workout all alone too early on Saturday morning on a track in the 'burbs (son had another doubleheader). I talked myself through it thinking about the Tennessee women and their fantastic DMR and 4x1500m relays at Penn (they won the 4x8, too). On the DMR, they used a different girl than the one who'd anchored their win indoors - a 5k runner - and even though the commentators were saying the Blood of Oregon was gaining, I thought that she was running the 1600m just like a true distance runner. And she just pushed it from 600m out and pulled away for a easy win for them. And so, with 600m to go, I thought of Jackie Areson of TN and pushed myself in to the finish. ;-)
But I have to say, I still hate 400s. ;-D
No races on my schedule, yet (except for HTC and xc), but I feel like I'm getting in better shape and that makes me happy. Now, if I could only lose those pounds in the middle - but it seems like they are very common to most 50 year old women.