Yesterday Cory and I were set on running our 20 miler on the Highline Canal Trail. We like this trail, it’s fairly flat and has a soft surface.
I was feeling pretty good until mile about mile 14 when my hips and knees started to hurt.
My legs continued to hurt until we got back to the car at mile 16. We headed out for a 2 mile out and back and amazingly my legs stopped hurting, admittedly I was running pretty slow at this point. We got back to our car at 20 miles exactly. We had planned on taking a natural ice bath in the creek but we were running late so we just took the time to soak our aching feet before rushing home. Sometimes I forget how much harder it is to run on trails than flat paths.
I feel really good about having 20 miles under my belt and hope things don’t fall apart on race day, I am a bit nervous that the marathon is on all pavement.
The worst thing about the run was being rushed afterward. We had plans in the evening and had to rush home and get ready without our normal ice bath rituals. Obviously I am more sore today then I would like because of this. We had planned a 45 mile bike ride today, but it may drop down to 40 miles because of our sore legs and losing an hour. Happy Sunday!