In good news, my calf is on the mend. I've run a couple times over the past couple of days and as long as I keep it flat and easy and short, I'm pretty much okay. I saw a gal who did an ART session with me this afternoon and while I don't think it was the complete magic cure I was hoping for, it was somewhat helpful. She told me that I have been doing all the right things (ice, eccentric calf raises, massage, trigger point, etc) so it is healing faster than it otherwise would. So that is good. Plus, now I have that really cool tape on my calf. All the cool kids have it, didn't you know? Ha.
What was a bummer was that I missed out on the half marathon yesterday. Grrrrr. Instead of running it myself, I had to live vicariously through Nalani, who was instructed to go to the well yesterday. Of course she had pacing instructions, but they were aggressive and right on the edge of her current ability based on the training she has been doing. I knew she was ready to run a good race. And she did. She dropped over 14 minutes off her half marathon PR from last year. 14 minutes!!! She ran exactly what I was hoping she would run, and it just solidified in my mind that specific training works. Her race yesterday was not a fluke. She earned it, every step of it, and that is just really freakin' cool in my mind. I could not be more proud of her!
We talked about it this morning (of course, since I was living vicariously through her I wanted to know every detail!) and she mentioned how a year ago if someone would have told her that she would average 7:30's for 13 miles she would not have believed them. Shoot, even 3 months ago it was tough to imagine that as a realistic possibility. But I designed an appropriate training program for her, she executed it to a T, and she did it. 7:30's for 13 miles. Amazing.
Then she said to me (she's always so encouraging!), "Well now you know that you can do it too." And she's right. Well, minus my little calf injury right now, lol. But prior to the last 2 weeks, given that we did such a huge chunk of our training together, at the same paces, I do believe it is in me to do what she did! That is so cool. Mostly because I never really believed that I could be a good runner, but now I think I can be. Which is again, really freakin' cool.
Okay okay, it's all very wouldda couldda shouldda DIDN'T right now, but to that end, I am seriously ready to get all healed up so I can execute the kind of training that I know will yield some race results that a year ago I thought were just flat out out of reach. YAY! I am feeling quite encouraged. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go do my calf raises...