You know that part of a taper, where every little ache and pain feels like a major injury emerging? That's how I feel. Except I'm not tapering. I think I just need to get out and run. You know, work out the kinks. While out of town, I didn't run or otherwise exercise except for a single, one hour hike in the desert foothills. My knee felt pretty good, even during the few rocky and steep downhill sections.
Saturday I'm going to test the running waters with a very short trail run. I'll take it slow and easy and stay on the flats. Hopefully I'll be able to ease back into regular training next week and start building back the mileage. I'd like to do another marathon this year, but I'm not sure what that could be. It may just have to be an unofficial one.
On a side note, during my trip I saw my brother, who lives in Phoenix and who, in my opinion, has an impressive marathon record (2:32 PR in his 20's; 2:50 PR in his 30's). I asked him if he'd pace me if I ever ran the Javelina Jundred. His answer? No, but I will if you run Western States.
He was joking....I think.....