Well I had a great couple of workouts in the Adirondack Mountains. I had 8 miles at race pace, about 5 of which was uphill. Overall I ran 30 seconds per mile slower, but I couldn’t complain about that at all based on the hills. I grabbed a bit of time back on the downhills running below race pace there, but the pounding on the asphalt and uphills prevailed.
I ran 6 the next day on a similar route, easy, uphill.
Saturday I had my first unmotivated run in awhile. Those are the ones that you just battle through and move on to the next day.
Sunday I had 10 easy. I wore an older pair of shoes through a trail. Now I’m nursing a calf injury 8 weeks out from the race.
I’ve dealt with injuries every time I’ve trained for a marathon. This is the first in a training that I figured would include one or two. It’s really just a tightness in my lower calf, I don’t want to push it too hard though as with 8 weeks out if I miss a day or two I can still recover in time.
I’m going to be icing/foam rolling a few times a day and hopefully getting this thing better.
Pretty disappointing, but it’s something I know I have to deal with. I’ll get a massage in the next couple of days if it persists.
Overall with injuries you just need to battle through them and take your time nursing them. There’s no reason to push yourself and your muscles beyond the point that they’re willing to go. You also have to know when you’ve tweaked something versus fully injured something.
With a full injury you should probably see your physical therapist. With a tweak you can miss no time to a couple of days as you self heal it.
Mid training tweaks/injuries are worse than later in the training tweaks/injuries assuming they don’t keep you out of the race. Later in your training you’re fully ready to go for the race and whatever you do those last couple of weeks likely won’t change too much of your performance on race day.
Getting injured mid-training, however could force you to miss some important training runs. Missing important training runs won’t allow you to get your level of fitness to the level that you want to to achieve your race goals.
So I say to try and limit the time you miss, but also don’t rush back, maintaining a nagging injury throughout the remainder of your training.
Here’s a good article about some of the most frequent running injuries.