My knee is a jerk. The long runs are giving me fits. My training plan is so far a success, but I'm still feeling No. 9-ish. (I'd rather be feeling this No. 9.) The two days off gave me time to recover. My hope is that my knee will allow me to perform at the level of which I'm capable.
My pace is not where I'd like it to be. But I expected that, as I've been diligent -- and annoyed -- with maintaining walking breaks. My knee needs the rest. I'm tempted to try the race a la Jeff Galloway's run/walk strategy. I just don't know if I can subdue the race-day adrenaline that urges me to go, go, go.
I think I'll play it by ear as my long runs increase.
The biggest benefit I've noticed about upping my training intensity is my lung capacity. I feel like I can go longer and more importantly recover faster. However it was after playing some hoops (or lack thereof) that I noticed the biggest difference. I was sluggish during Thursday's tempo, but on Saturday I barely felt winded after my long run. That was a good feeling.
Now, if can pair that with a good feeling in my knee, I'd be set.