I'm beginning to think I'm not designed to run in October...of any year.
Two years ago it was my first marathon in October. It went OK for a first marathon. I followed that up with my worst half marathon ever at the end of the month. It was humbling.
Last year, October brought the battle of the bad left foot. I hobbled through Ragnar and had a near meltdown at Fire on the Mountain in early November.
After a break, I hit the ground running in the early part of this year and things were going quite well. Actually, I was surprised how well I held up all the way through Highlands Sky, clicking off a half marathon, marathon and two 50K's on the way. I was a little burnt out mentally by June but physically things seemed to be OK and I felt strong.
Enter JFK training and well, none of it really seems to be going according to the plan even after taking it quite easy over the summer. I've had a nagging groin pain for a few months that has been annoying but nothing I've been too concerned with. I thought new shoes took care of it. I cut back mileage. I skipped long runs when my body was up to it.
After two weeks of very odd fatigue, overall I felt really good at last weekend's Freedom's Run. Sunday after the marathon, I did a few easy miles with this girl. Nothing much and certainly not back to back long runs like I'd gotten used to in the spring. I felt back to myself.
The week started off fine. I felt good and was really thinking I could probably begin building back up. Then, Tuesday evening after a quick run with one of the shelter dogs, my knee felt off. By the next day, I decided it was definitely a real issue. I've never had an issue with my knees. I took the next day off and started icing. On Friday, it seemed to feel OK, so I tested it. Probably a bad idea but the six miles went well. I followed that with 12 on Saturday but can tell there is most certainly an issue. Like an idiot, I still ran a few miles today with one of the shelter dogs but it was only 4 miles and I'm definitely taking tomorrow off again.
Fire on the Mountain 50k is this weekend and I fully plan on running it so here's to more rest this week. At this point, this seems to cycle. How long till JFK?