Or is it that I just haven't trained enough this year?
Saturday night I went out to get some time on my feet before my first 50 miler this weekend. I ran some moderate hills in the area and got 12 miles in 2 hours. I walked some just to get used to it for the upcoming race. I felt really tired the entire run and my feet are still a bit sore from last weekends 50k. So the plan is to take the rest of the week off before the race on Saturday. I have found that I don't lose much fitness when I do this and my body recovers so much better.
What is interesting is that I have not lost the weight I usually do each summer. This year I am probably 10 pounds heavier than I normally am. Due to the decrease in training that I am doing because I have been running so many long races. I have done 10 marathons or longer this year. That is huge for me. Some folks say I should just cut back on the eating, that just is not an option for me!
Rick and I decided to take the 0530 early start for the PCT. I think it is a wise decision. We don't know how we are going to do over 50 miles and secondly it will be nice and cool for a longer time with the early start. Hope the Bears are not hungry early!