I think I'm just tired
Last night, while standing around this party in my suit, I felt that my left leg was bothering me a little. This morning, it still didn't feel perfect. I thought of pushing my run off to tomorrow, but I really wanted to get in today, so I could rest for 2 days before the long run on Sunday. (I know the logic's a little stange, but it works for me.)
I was "supposed" to run 8 miles. Right from the get go I didn't feel too great. The inner side of my left lower leg was bothering me. Not like the anterior pain I was having a few weeks ago, but not as pain free as my last few runs have been.
I decided pretty quickly that I wasn't going to do the whole 8. At about 2 miles in, there was a decision point where one way, which I had planned to take, would take me on a path further and further away from my house. I didn't do it, and just turned around on the path, back towards the direction of my house. I had already stopped to stretch once before, and when I got stuck at a red light about 2.5 miles in, I stopped and stretched again. I was a little better at this point.
At 3 miles, I had another decision point: stop, or do the 2 mile loop again. I went for another loop. Then I got a little crazy, and started doing mental mathematics. I added up my weekly mileage so far. If I only ran 5 miles, I'd end up with 28 for the week. That wouldn't be enough to get me to the 35 I had planned for two weeks from now. So I pushed on for another mile, which ended up being a mile and a half. Total run: 6.5 miles. Because of all my stretching stops, I couldn't figure out my pace and wasn't really paying attention to it anyway. When I got home, I was able to figure out that most of my miles were around a 10 min/mile pace.
So now if I can get through my 18 miles this Sunday, I'll end up with 29.5 on the week. Which is about 10% up from last weeks 27. The following week was supposed to be a step back week, with 28 miles planned. Following that is the week where I peak, culminating in a 20 miler. I had planned to run 35 for the week, but I'll probably end up with a 5, an 8, and a 20, for 33 total miles. Which will be about 10% up from this week. And then I'll start the taper.
(Sorry about the numbers. You can see my nerdy spreadsheet if that helps this make more sense. The plan is in bold on the left hand side.)
In any case, now I'm going to rest until Sunday. I'm on call again today, but I hope to catch up on my sleep tomorrow night and Saturday. In the meantime, I'll keep doing the stretching, as well as some extra icing. I took some Motrin this morning as well. I'm a little nervous, but still hopeful I'll be fine by Sunday.