I recognize that this statement may be seen as completely contrary to my stated position on Saturday's video that "whatever time I run Boston I'll be happy with"... but that was Saturday! Subsequent to that video I completed that 16-mile long-run, the following day I had a great 10-miler on the same hilly trails at better than my goal Boston marathon pace, and today I had an excellent tempo run.
What's most encouraging is my newfound recognition that I'm 99% recovered from my former Achilles injury. I credit my usage of the elliptical over the last two months - a great non-impact cardio exercise which maintains cardiovascular fitness while the Achilles is allowed to recover at its own pace. I believe that stretching exercises have also helped, as has the use of the Strassburg Sock.
As a result I'm now in the midst of setting much more ambitious Boston Marathon goals. Specifically, my new goals are:
- Finishing healthy, having had a great time;
- Re-qualifying for Boston - at Boston! (3:35:59 or better);
- Setting a personal record (3:32:17 or better);
- Qualifying for the New York Marathon (3:30 or better).