A week from today I'll be running in the Marine Corps Marathon. It will be my 2nd marathon within a 5-week period. The number of weeks between marathons is not something I found easy to deal with. In fact, 5 weeks is barely enough to get in a complete marathon recovery and then get ready for the next marathon. If I was running the 2nd marathon just to finish, then I'd say 5 weeks is certainly enough. However, I'm not putting on an Army singlet to stroll through the streets of our capital. I'm going to give everything I got on raceday, just like I did in Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, etc.....
The week of training/tapering has gone okay for the most part. After Tuesday night's track session, I started to feel a little pain on the outside of my right knee. I initially thought I was coming up with an Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), which I experienced back in Spring '06. I took Wednesday off to give it some rest and then tried running on Thursday. It turned out that the slight pain was actually just below and outside of the knee on the top of Peroneus Longus muscle, mainly some tightness. I took the rest of the week easy knowing that there's not much fitness I can gain from here on out.
Mon: 4M very easy
Tues: 9M including 6 x 800 (2:33, 2:30, 2:30, 2:31, 2:27, 2:27) + 1 x 400 (1:11)
Thur: 5M @ 7:15 pace
Fri: 5M @ 7:12 pace with 5 x strides
Sat: 5M @ 7:00 pace with last mile slightly faster than MP; 5 x strides
Sun: 13M @ 6:53 pace
Weekly Total: 41 miles