I was having a pretty good training block leading up to Christmas. I slowly worked my mileage back up to the high 80’s / low 90’s and had Sunday long runs of 20, 22, and 24 in consecutive weeks - each long was 7:30 pace or faster. I was feeling good and then I got smacked with a super strong virus two days before Christmas. It stopped me dead in my track and I could barely move (much less run) for several days. So since then, I’ve been rebuilding my strength and working my mileage back up. Not ideal timing with less than 3 weeks until my next marathon, but I’m glad it happened then as opposed to even closer to marathon week. I feel like I have my strength back and just ran an 18:30 5K on New Year’s Day. The real test will be this weekend’s Red Nose Half Marathon; I plan to use this race as a final indicator of my current fitness and for setting my marathon goal pace.