I wanted to try my first back to back long runs this weekend. At this stage in my training, 10 miles is the minimum I would consider to be a "long run." So I thought 15/10 would be a good introduction to the world of B2B's. Yesterday was a somewhat tough 15 mile trail run that took 3 hours. As I mentioned in my last post, the main thing that made it tough was that my legs were still sore from the prior day's strength training.
Last night I set my alarm for 6 am with the intention of going back over to Forest Park and running a different section of Wildwood for about 10 miles.
Just before I turned out the lights I changed the alarm to 6:30 am.
The rising sun woke me up at 4:30 am and I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep.
Finally, I woke up at 7:15 am and realized it was now or never. Despite using my foam roller the prior evening, my butt was still sore. And I didn't feel like driving over to Forest Park. But I remembered that I had promised to water a friend's garden while she was away. So I figured I'd run around the neighborhood and end up at her house to water. I wore my Garmin, but I'm pretty good at guessing distances. So in my mind I planned a general route that would take me through some of the nicer, tree-lined neighborhoods, around a few parks (so I could at least get in some "trail" running), and down to the Willamette River along the Springwater Corridor. As planned, I reached my destination at 10.24 miles according to the gps. I finished watering duty, and then met the boys at the nearby Starbucks where I was informed that my help was needed with a yard project. So as soon as we got home I spent 2-1/2 hours digging up sod. Then the afternoon was filled with errands.
Its now 5 pm. How do I feel? Great! My legs aren't sore. Neither are my glutes. Surprisingly I don't even feel like taking a nap. I logged 42 miles this week. That makes it my second highest mileage week this year (and probably ever.) What a difference a day makes. Right now I feel like I could run again tomorrow, but it will be a planned rest day. (Well, rest if you don't count more evil squats and lunges.) Not sure what happened, but I'll take it!
Kim asked how I like my 2L Kelty Pulse. My Gregory RPM (128 oz) is a better fit on me. However the Kelty doesn't bounce at all. I really like the size of the Kelty. It's very compact but has a pocket that's easily big enough for my wallet, cell phone, first aid kit, keys and gels. Both packs I bought heavily discounted at Campmor.com, so I hadn't tried on either before purchase. I'm happy with them both. At my upcoming 50k, I'll probably wear the Kelty and Marc will wear the Gregory. I can train with a waist belt bottle carrier, but I don't like to wear them in races. And I haven't gotten used to handhelds yet.