Some scenes from my trail adventure this evening! I met up with a few friends to get some practice in on Waterline trail. It is going to be a part of the stage races we have coming up and a few of us hadn’t been on it yet. It’s a very technical trail that requires climbing up two rock walls, and then a loooong, steep hill back to the top of the trail. It was crazy, as trail adventures usually are, but crazy in a good way. Our run ended up being just under 6 miles in total, it was definitely fun, but I felt pretty fatigued from the start and never really felt like I fell into a steady groove.
I’m starting to worry that I am asking my body for too much. All of my runs lately, with the exception of the Oak Barrel Half, have been pretty cruddy. I just haven’t been able to shake the feeling of heavy, clumsy legs and a complete lack of energy. Of course, my first reaction to this was thinking that I am losing my running ability and that I need to run MORE. It took one of my more experienced running friends that I look up to pointing out that I’ve been training hard without a real break since beginning marathon training in August. I did the marathon in December, then took one week off and went straight into heavy trail training to get ready for the McKay Hollow 25k I did in March. Along the way to McKay I did SEVERAL races, including a 12 hour relay where I basically ran 18 miles of speed work all day. I have done three half marathons and several shorter races as well. I’ve been running long on both Saturdays AND Sundays to get ready for the stage races. I don’t know WHY this didn’t occur to me, but when I type it all out like that it’s pretty obvious to me— I am way over trained.
So. What’s the plan then? This weekend Scott and I have a 5k race. He is hoping for a PR and I am just running for fun. Next weekend is the stage races, which take place Friday - Sunday and will give us 43 miles total. After the 5k, I think I am going to stay off my legs (running wise, anyway) and hope and pray that doing so helps them to feel fresh for the stage races. After finishing the stage races, I am going to take a week off of running and I will be officially done with big races (there will be a couple 5ks and 10ks probably, but nothing that requires extensive training) until the fall.
As much fun as all this racing and training has been, I’m ready to run just for the sake of running for a little while. :)