Everything was dripping as I set out to do my 18-mile run this morning. I was really glad to make it home before the rain came back, but I still had to endure wet feet because I ran on trails and everything was wet.
My trail runs are typically pretty slow. Today I tried to speed up a little bit but I felt a sharp, quick pain in two different places in my right knee on a steep downhill so I pulled back and took it slow.
I ran into trouble because I messed with my diet and my body didn't like it on a long run. I thought as a lifelong vegetarian I could make Kathy Freston's Quantum Wellness cleanse work even during marathon training. It is a vegan, sugar free, gluten free, caffeine free, etc. three-week cleanse. Instead of my Shot Bloks, I took along whole pitted dates. That didn't cut it. I felt incoherent at mile four and I still had a whole lot of trail to cover. I'm sure there's some way to make that kind of diet work while marathon training but I guess maybe I don't want to figure it out when I can just do the cleanse some other time. The recipes that I tried from her book were really delicious so I look forward to trying more someday.
At about mile 14 I tripped and scared a man in front of me when I yelped. But, I didn't fall. The sudden movement after so many miles didn't feel good to my groin and my right arm that extended out, but I don't believe I injured anything. My watch chirped to tell me it had lost satellite reception and I missed a root in the trail when I looked at my wrist. I was flustered after I tripped and I ended up taking the wrong trail up the mountain and I had to go back and find the right trail. So, this run actually ended up being a little bit longer than it needed to be.
I managed to find trails for nearly this whole run which is great for preserving my joints. It was a slow go though. It took about four hours to complete the run. Hopefully it won't take me much longer than that to complete the whole marathon on flat trails and roads.
I just have to do two more weeks of mileage increases and then the training schedule tapers of for the big event.
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