This week I received an invite on FB to join a 12hr night trail run. The run would consist of 8 mile loops out on some Mountain Biking trails. I thought this was a great way to finish up my training this week. It didn't occur to me not to do 3 x 20 miles on T,W and R respectively. So going into this run I had about 62 miles on my legs. I didn't know anyone that was going so I was a little nervous about it. I promised Doug if the people looked sketchy I would turn back. He said he didn't believe me. Said something about me not being able to say "No" to a good run. :), OK, maybe the guy knows me better than I know me. So I drive almost an hour and find a group of ultra looking runners in the middle of a field, this pretty much had to be them, who else shows up to a park at 7pm at night with camelbaks. There were about 7 people running and one lady manning the gear. As they are explaining the route I am thinking, ok I can do this. One guy crewed at Badwater and I wanted more than anything to get a chance to run with him and hear what Badwater was like. But, since the guy paced at Badwater he is a bad ass runner and therefore I just could not keep up to get a chance to talk to him. As we headed out on the first loop I initially hung with the front group: Badwater guy, next guy and really fast Jen. I hung with them for a whole mile before I knew that was a horrible idea. I slowed to my pace and began working the trail. It was pretty dang technical, it had tons of steep up and downs that I bet are super fun for mountain bikes but for a runner it is really hard on your knees. The paths had stacks of logs you had to run up and down and the there were tons of roots. Needless to say it didn't take me long to figure out this was not my best idea for a night training run. My next race is on dirt roads, nothing this extreme and my knees and feet were screaming by the 5 mile mark. I rolled to plan B in my head, run this loop and go home. I am not risking an injury this close to race day for some fun night running. I think I would actually like the trail much better during the day and Doug would love it too, so I figured I would just head back with Doug some other day. So all in all it wasn't a loss but, I am still not quite sure what I was thinking.
Along the line of patience, I have been taking a more patient approach with my training. Lately I haven't let mileage drive my running. I have been listening to my body and let my legs decide the mileage. I am pushing for higher mileage but if things hurt I am taking the time to let them settle down. I am hoping this approach will allow me to better prepared for Heartland.
So here it is: The Mileage Contest/Prediction. Post your bets by Tuesday Midnight. How many miles do you think I can do this week? My week runs from Monday to Sunday. Doug won't be in town so I will have to get in my mileage around Chloe's schedule. The person that gets closest will get some Aquaphor and whatever else I can think of :).
Happy Running Everyone!