Sunday, July 22, 2007

Fatigue Setting In?

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!


Sarah said...

Just think of those extra 10 lbs as reserves for the 50 miler! My vote is that you are more fatigued than undertrained. Rest up this week and I'm sure you'll be fine. I'll see you and Rick at the early start! yawn : )

maniac hippo said...

FWIW I find myself spending a lot of time doing very easy recovery training for little reason other than to control my weight during a busy (for me) race schedule. Sometimes I feel like I do very little training (or have a life) other than that recovery work. If I don't, my weight goes up too.

See you at PCT, welcome to the incredibly wonderful world of 50 milers, I hope you love them as much as I do.