After feeling like I was on the verge of over training for the last two weeks I decided to make this weekend a test. I would ride a lot yesterday and then run a lot today. If I could do this then it would 'prove' that I was not over trained and that it was 1) just in my head or 2) I just need to get a bit more rest prior to the harder/faster workouts that had felt like crap lately.
Yesterday was all aces.
And guess what, so was today!
How could I go from feeling totally beat down and like I had been doing too much to feeling pretty darn good while increasing my training volume? I think the answer has many parts but one key element is that on both days this weekend I did not push the pace to the point where I was in the red. On both days I started (relatively) mellow and took breaks. And although the ride yesterday was reasonably quick, I got lots of rest when I wasn't pulling and riding just isn't as abusive on my body as running.
When I got it in my head that I wanted to run this route today I thought who can I ask to join me? I didn't want to run with anyone that was much faster or much slower so Todd Morse Tucker came to mind. It was the perfect call. For various reasons we have both not run as much as we have in the past and we were both looking to up the distance a bit. Winner.
Thanks Todd! You were great company today.
Since I'm still favoring a weak ankle I rolled the Hoka Stinson Evos today. In terms of cushion they were fantastic! But in terms of stability they were pretty iffy honestly. I think I got these a half size too big and the speed laces don't let me snug them up much. Once I almost rolled my left ankle and once I almost rolled my right! No damage done thank goodness. I'm going to try ditching these speed laces and installing the traditional, old school laces so I can cinch them a tad tighter. I mean I had BOTH insoles in today and they still felt loose.
With the weather forecast looking promising I went total nature boy and left the shirt in the car. It felt awesome. Just me, two bottles and the trail. And Todd. :)
Since we got a later than usual start we saw a TON of hikers on our way back down. One group we passed was four young women. After we ran by Todd said to me, "So how does it feel to be a 49 year old guy and have a 28 year old girl check you out?" Leaving the shirt in the car was obviously the right call.
|Breakfast||6:00 AM - apple sauce, 2 bananas, 1 scoop protein powder, 2 scoops Perpetuem, tea|
|Workout Food||2 bottles each w/1.5 scoops HEED and 1 Endurolytes, 3 GUs|
|Time of Day||10:00 AM|
|Weather||mid 60s, mostly sunny, dry, calm|
|Equipment||Hoka Stinson Evo, Garmin Fenix|
|Clothing||Teko organic SIN3RGI Light Minicrew, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short|