This past weekend was a little iffy on the weather and big on the laziness.  On Saturday, we finally managed to get a bike ride in (at Lake Crabtree no less!) at 5 pm.  We did about 12 miles total (counting the mileage on the greenway to get to the trails).  It was pretty good, I didn't wear myself out (hard to do anyway at Lake Crabtree) and felt like I had enough reserve to do a long run on Sunday.

Then Sunday came and after 1.7 miles on the Loblolly trail at Umstead State Park, I felt like my legs weighed 100 lbs each and had the crappiest run ever.  I managed to eke out 6 miles at an extremely slow pace and then had to walk the last 4 miles to get back to the car.  The route was Loblolly to Turkey Creek to Graylyn, a right on Old Reedy Creek and a left onto Company Mill to get back to the Harrison parking lot.  Every part of my leg was sore, my calves were killing me, my thighs hurt, my quads felt weak.  I'm not sure if it was the 100 thrusters and some serious delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) but this was about the worst I felt running. I chalk this up to a couple of things:
1. not enough rest during the week, I need to make a better effort to be in bed by 10 pm at the latest and really as we get closer to the marathon, I'm going to shoot for 9:30 pm so I can get 8+ hours of sleep.

2. eggs and brocolli for breakfast, I've tried this before and I just don't think it gives me enough energy for a long run, I'm going to try adding 2 slices of bread and see how it works out

3. More hydration, I've been taking only a 16 oz bottle and I think I need to drink more water/Nuun

I googled "how to train for a trail marathon" and found this website and I've decided to give it a shot with less than 2 months to go to the Medoc marathon.  On Monday, I gave it a go with  a very slow and easy run on Sal's Branch loop on the Glenwood side of Umstead.  I ran 2.5 miles in 40 minutes! I had a sugar low during the run and didn't bring any food or water with me (not a good idea I guess).  It's a start though. We will see if the increased mileage improves my endurance and speed.  After the run, I practiced swimming with Lisa and Edward. The water was a little bit on the cold side but I think it was probably good for my legs after the run!

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