I took two weeks off from running and tried to go at it again on Monday. Although I felt decent, it is clear that this new injury (or tweak) has not worked its way out. I am at a loss as to what to do. It feels like desperate times.
My overarching running strategy has been to race until I couldn't record PRs anymore. Then, go at it again just before I turned 40. Since 2010, just 15 months ago, was a stellar year for me, I still don't think (fitness wise) I am too far off from where I need to be to convince myself to keep going. However, I can't get past this damn injury. It's now been OVER a year and all I have to show for it is a 4:27 mile and a workout 5k. Before this latest setback, I had gotten back up to 60 mpw (on 6 days). This "package" included a weekly workout and 15 mile long run. By my estimates this would reward me with a 15:15 5k by the time Kentlands (in September) rolled around and maybe, just maybe, a half marathon PR by Philly (note that my 13.1 PR is weak).
Estimates schmestimates. I've now derailed and it's clear I need to look long and hard at where I stand.
I spoke with Coach Jerry this evening and essentially I have two options: 1. retire or 2. throw out all the stops. He said that I should throw everything I have into this and see as many experts as I can. Something specifically he said struck a cord with me: "you want to walk away from this thing knowing you did all you could". I agree. I need to figure out what, definitively, is wrong with me and open up the wallet.