- I end up skipping my first track meet of the season in early may in lieu of being able to walk while in Italy for 2 weeks. I spend two amazing weeks in Italy, but can't muster any runs because my Achilles tendon is continues to flare up.
- Upon my return to Italy I resume training and things go well, I debut on the track for the first time since 2001 and I smash my 1500m goal and clock a 4:21 at the New Balance 1500m in London.
- My training is still a little rocky as I work through some Achilles/calf tightness, and three weeks after my 1500m race I head up North and toe the line at a local 5km road race with my entire family. I come within 3 seconds of my goal time and win the race. :D
- In mid July I toe the line again for a 5km in London, the Summer Night 5km, and with an awesome cheering squad I end up under performing severely. 17:32 for 5km is well below what I can do.
- Days after my 5km road race I contract an eye infection (nasty eye picture) and spend nearly 2 weeks in solitary confinement. My running is derailed slightly, and getting back into the groove takes some time. I guess running with one eye is hard after all.
- After slowly, very slowly, getting over this eye infection (folks, treat your contacts with respect!) I've been able to build up my killage week over week. Today was the final day of my 3 week block @ 100km per week, volume I've never reached in the past. I'm doing great, no injuries and I'm feeling stronger every day.
So it seems that for the summer months running and I are about even. I'm not surprised. Since my track debut I've had some mild ups and downs, but overall I can't complain. I've come out of the summer fitter, faster and stronger than ever. I continue to look forward to the fall season, and the wonderful weather it brings. Now it's onto cross-country (XC) training...time to man up and trudge through mud, snow and up hills over 10km courses. Gulp.