The bottle of red was fantastic. It led to 5+ hours of good sleep then another 2+ hours of #### sleep, which was vastly better than the 4-5 hours of #### sleep that likely would have resulted without it. Committed to conquering this work stress demon today, so sleep isn't impacted again pre-race. Even if I'm successful I'm still in a horrible neck-up position though. I've been stretched too thin everywhere for months and have spent zero mental energy preparing for this thing. No matter what I do between now and Sunday morning I will be under-prepared.
But I've cleared all health hurdles needed to toe the line. Therapy session outcome confirmed the strain is healed enough to run. Given the timing of the injury there is no guarantee it'll hold up through a race of that length, but that was known at the original diagnosis. I attacked the injury last week at the gym and as much as I could in the time in between, liberally doing RICE when not. I passed my single leg elevated hop test Saturday then got back out there Sunday. After 5 successful miles a little under 8 minute pace I picked up to MP to see how my body would respond. There were no issues then, later in the day, nor the next morning so I decided to do a little more of the same Monday. After 4 successful miles a little under 8 minute pace as you saw I cranked out 2 successful MP miles without incident. My HR definitely got my attention though. Isn't anything I can do about it right now, but I need to create a few different plans before Sunday. I also have one more therapy appointment scheduled. Wasn't planning on it, but my massage was cancelled because she is recovering from an upper respiratory infection. If she's well enough Friday then I'll try to cancel therapy and do that instead as given all of this stress I think I need that sort of treatment more right now.
So...plan? I need to make one. And I doubt I actually do that before Saturday unfortunately. Hope I'm wrong.