|Each red line is a setback. Wah.|
After undergoing emergency surgery on Monday, I was forced to withdraw from the Lilac 10K and the Vermont City Marathon this spring, and my summer racing schedule looks iffy as well. Right now my main concern is my streak of sub-one-hour races at the Utica Boilermaker, which currently stands at 11. I will have 32 days from my first jog back until Boilermaker Sunday, and I'm hoping to progress from 1.5 miles at 11:00 pace to 9.3 miles at 6:25 pace in just over four weeks. Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me.
The good news is that running feels ok, but the bad news is that I had four weeks of forced rest, plus am still recovering from the surgery. I ran Steve's 5K to Run Down Cancer on Saturday, and ran my slowest time since high school. While it was quicker than my first few runs back, it still was slower than I want to run for the Boilermaker. But, I felt fine aerobically, and it was just my legs that balked at the pace. So, I'm interpreting that as a good sign. Stay tuned for more updates in the next few weeks or months!