By the time I left to meet ShoeRunning the drizzle had turned into a mildly steady downpour. I even had to return to my apartment to put a slightly warmer top on. I ran with SR for only about 3 miles of my run, but it was the perfect distraction to make the planned 10 miles feel much shorter. The rain subsided towards the middle of my run but the cooler temps were energizing and I felt good. It didn't feel as easy as a 10 miler should this stage of marathon training (a.k.a. peak mileage week) but it is definitely an improvement over weeks past. I'll take it.
I'm debating whether or not I want to go for a 2-3 miler on Thursday morning. Chances are I'll take the day off and gear up for my 20 mile run this Friday. I just looked at a calendar and realized I'm doing a two week taper for this marathon. I usually do 3 week tapers. I guess that's what happens when you go through a whole marathon training cycle without a schedule! I think this will actually work to my advantage this go-around, though.
Maritza, I did spend some quality time with Homer after the run. I am going to try to ice dunk after long runs and even mid-length runs. I may even finally do strength exercises for the shin, too (like air alphabets). I have plans for higher volume and dedicated speed work later this year and need to get this shin under control.
I apologize for being such a poor blog reader. I have SO many posts to catch up to in my reader. I am whittling away a little every day and hope to be caught up soon!