With less than 1 month until the Ragnar Trail Appalachian in West Virginia my excitement is reaching new highs! I signed on to the Ragnar Relay website Thursday to see if our start time is posted and it was. Our team (Team #204) will be starting at 11:30 on 6/19.
The Forbidden Drive Flyers had our first full team training run yesterday. Mike, Kelly and I have all been out together a few times but now we had Brian out there with us too. We set out for a 26 mile day that we were going to break into two 13 mile runs. The first run we decided to run on a flat course the second we would get in some hills. If you have been following my blog you may have seen that the Ragnar event we have been training for will be about 30 miles for each of us split into 3 runs over the course of the race. Yes I know what you are thinking well then why didn't you break your run into three runs for training? At the race we will have something like 4-6 hours between each run so we were planning to replicate that pattern.
It being Memorial Day weekend Miki and Brian ended up not being able to stick around the entire time. We got in around 10 miles altogether. Kelly and I finished the first 13 miles together and they decided to go chill at his house until the next run. It was nice seeing his wife Danielle and their two dogs. I wish I got some pictures of Zuko and Bodhi running around the yard together they were a trip.
I think I may have sat to long or maybe I didn't stretch enough but when I finally got back up to start getting ready for run two my IT pain had came back! All morning I was feeling good during my run and even directly after.
When we got back out to the Wissahickon and started running my left IT band was really tight but I kept on running. We got in about 2 miles and I decided I needed to walk for a bit. The walking helped but then when a few miles in we hit a steady decline my knee was on fire again. I decided to call it quits. I know I could have suffered through and got in the miles that I set out to run but I'm really playing it safe. I would love to be back at 100% for Ragnar.
Now officially starts the taper, distance wise so I won't really be running much more than 10 miles at a time for the next few weeks. I'm going to buy some new shoes because I'm starting to think maybe my trail shoes are too worn out. Im also going to continue to focus on strengthening and stretching my IT band.