My wife offered some much needed wisdom this morning, however. She is a wonderful, wonderful woman and very rarely offers anything other than support for me in my half-baked, hair-brained racing and training plans. But this morning she laid it on the line and told me this:
I don't think you need to run Albany in two weeks. It's too soon and you're not close to fully recovered from the last two marathons. If you run Albany and crash, you're going to be even more frustrated than you were after Birmingham, and it's not likely you can go out there, half-recovered and run a PR race. It's a small percentage chance.As is the case 99.9999% of the time, she was absolutely right. She is my rudder of wisdom when I stop being able to see beyond my own unrealistic ambitions and plans. Believe me, I didn't want to hear what she said, but I needed to hear it because she was spot-on right.
So, I will forgo Albany, and begin concentrating on the Sweet H20 50k in April and the Twisted Ankle Trail Marathon in May. Both of these races are going to be very, very challenging and really do require my full attention during training.
In the meantime, I"m running again now without any problem. I ran a nice 8 miler last evening and am heading out the door for another 8 miles or so now. I feel great, and I'm slowly getting over my B'ham misfortunes/mistakes. I'm trying to bring everything back into focus and concentrate on the fact I was able to improve my PR by nearly 9 minutes at Disney. Not a shabby Winter racing season at all...
I keep telling myself that anyway.. ;)