Distance: 6.2 mi
Yup… Still hurts… But the chance to run one last time in shorts (it was 52 when we started at 5:30am!) before winter hits (40 and snow tomorrow…) was too good to pass up. That and I’m atoning for some pre-guilt for eating as much yummy, turkey day goodness (and drinking…) as I know I will.
I ran 2.5 miles yesterday and felt rotten. It just feels like I have NO leg drive or lift at all. I feel weak and crampy all over my abdomen, groin, hammys, even my glutes. I have no idea what this is but I really wish it would go the hell away. I’m glad I felt at least marginally better this morning or I’m sure I would have flung myself into full depression. This sucks.
The other reason I ran today was that this is my favorite route. Starts out flat on the trail, then turns onto the road and climbs for about 2 1/2 miles, then gives you a reward for all the hard work with a big downhill final mile that is so steep you feel like you should have your hands in the air squealing like a 6 year old on Space Mountain (the ride, not the movie…). The only time I felt really bad was going up the big hill. The rest of it was tolerable.
To describe what this feels like from a runner’s perspective, imagine going out and running really hard one day, then going home and doing 1000 sit ups. Oh… and don’t drink anything all day. Then coming back out and trying to run hard the next day. You know that weak feeling you get? Where your mind says “go” but your body says “F- YOU”? The motion is there, but there is just no power behind it. If I push too hard it feels like somebody kicks me in the groin.