Advice on race pacing after accident (Read 238 times)

Queen of 3rd Place

    I was on track for a big marathon PR at Boston using the Running Wizard program. I was hitting more mileage than ever, PLUS doing the harder workouts without any problem, PLUS feeling great rather than achy and overtrained as I was when going for my BQ (I pulled it off, but felt really crummy right from the start line). My optimism was high!


    On March 4 I had a motorcycle accident, the bike landed on and badly bruised my calf. If you peek at my log, you can see my mileage has taken a big hit. I run one day, the following day I'm limping - repeat. I have been able to do some of the quality workouts, the faster paces so far still feel fine. Obviously putting together a race I can be proud of will have to wait for another day, that's ok. 


    However, can I start thinking more concretely about my race pace? My PR was 9:09 pace, the training plan had me shooting for 8:22! Assuming that I continue to have an abbreviated running schedule and the calf feels fine on race day, is it realistic to shoot for something less than 9:09 on race day, and if so, what might be a realistic target pace? 

    2013 Valley Runner of the Year Series: Feb 16 5K (4 points out of 10) ... Mar 2 10K (20/30)... Mar 16 4Mi (21/30) ... Apr 6 10K (DNS) ... Apr 21 2Mi (5/10) ... May 11 5Mi (21/30)... Jun 8 1Mi (13/20) ... Jun 16 6Mi (22/30) ... Sep 28 10K (14/20) ... Oct 5 5K (7/10) ...Oct 12 5Mi (16/20) ... Oct 20 5K (0/10) = 3rd Place, Women's Senior Division



      I am sorry to hear about the accident.  


      To my mind, the best thing is to proceed cautiously as you discover where the post-accident "creaks" are.   Targeting a pace might get in the way.  

      "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

        You had a solid 4 month training block. Of the last 6 weeks or so left since your accident,  2-3 weeks would have been some sort of taper, I don't think you'd have lost much conditioning from being forced to take an additional 2-3 weeks easy.  


        Sometimes when rested our workouts can get away from us and end up overdoing it a bit, I'd just watch out for that, especially if that calf bruise is more than what you think it is.