I've been backing into next week's 50k a bit beat up. No "long" runs in a month. Knee uncooperative. Not as confident as I have been. Thinking maybe I should skip it to concentrate on Portland and JFK. But, with the knee giving me a little glimmer of hope over this past week the ultra-excitement for the 50k has returned. My excitement for this race far exceeds my excitement for the Portland Marathon. So, with only one weekend left to give my legs and knee a little test I decided to do just that.
Sadie and I started out early this morning for a nice little 20.5 mile trip to Moscow, ID and back. I wanted to take my time with these 20 miles -- the more time on my feet the better to prepare me for next week. No sense trying to break a speed record. I ran a lot and threw in several walk breaks. I felt great for about 14 or 15 miles (no knee pain!) and then my legs filled with concrete. I was hoping that my extended rest over the past few weeks didn't erase the conditioning I had built up - but it was pretty clear I'm not where I was at just one month ago. I made it through those last miles okay, though I was pretty much hurting everywhere. Feet, knees, quads, back, earlobes, hair - hurt. But it was a good hurt. (I just wanted to say that - in reality there was nothing good about it. It was a plain hurt, which means it wasn't a good hurt because there is no such thing as good hurt.)
So, next week is going to be an awesome experience. Physically and mentally. I can't wait. I think today's little workout will definitely help me.
Today - 20.5 miles
Yesterday - 2 treadmill
In your face new girl at work!!!
[Photo: Sadie running for the Idaho border. She's so happy my knee is better.]
Keep running! I am.