Becca7 - normally in a 9 mile race I would never stop at an aid station as there is no need for food, but oaths one I stopped at all 3. After all, who can refuse chocolate chips, marshmallows dipped in molten chocolate, and hot chocolate to drink! I think I gained weight in that run.
Brief feedback - leg is feeling quite bit better, not quite perfect. Took this last week very easy - still managed 44 miles but about half of it was on the AlterG treadmill to reduce impact. But today I had a gentle 9 miler around Atlanta (the HotChocolate 15k) and that was fun. So, all in for the next few weeks leading up to Tokyo, and then Comrades focused.
TD - I'm doing a 2 week taper to Tokyo - last long run on the 8th. Leg felt pretty decent on the 15 miler today, but it was on the AlterG to reduce impact forces. No question that thing has helped the recovery and still allowed me to run and maintain whatever cardiovascular fitness I have. No contact from your friend.
Orbutt - sorry about the calf. Seems like I remember that's your "Achilles heel" when it comes to training? I wonder if when you are between training cycles, a really good weight training program would help?
TD - I'm being cautiously optimistic. I did an easy 5 miles with BRF a few days ago and had much less pain, then a 4-ish mile trail run with her the next day with no pain at all. Both were very slow. Took a day off and today did 7 miles on the AlterG treadmill, including 4 miles a little faster (8 min/mile) and no pain.
So, I'm getting hopeful again. I'll do a medium length run tomorrow (14-15 miles) and then a 9 mile "race" on Sunday. If all of that goes well, then full into my program, else just slow running until Tokyo.