I woke up this morning at 5am to head out for a long run, feeling rested and ready to run having taken yesterday off to juggle kid's sports (one of my kids having had a tournament yesterday).
I decided to run out of Millard to Mt Wilson to avoid the crowds on the Sam Merrill Trail. It was a beautiful crisp morning and I made the summit (11.8 miles) in 2:24. I headed down the Toll Rd to add a few miles and came back up to the summit via the single track- 15 miles in 3:00. Re-filling my bottles I charged down the Mt Wilson Road to Eaton Saddle at a 7 min pace, hit the trail and and flew down to the Mt Lowe railway- so great to be out there! I stopped to snap a couple photos, it was just so pretty:
About a mile down from Markham Saddle I was flying along ...caught my right toe and the next thing I knew I was on the ground: Hands were OK since I was holding hand bottles, but both knees were cut through my long pants and the right knee was bashed pretty hard on a rock. I got up and started limping down; after a dozen or so paces I started running as I still had to get down 8 miles farther to my car. The right knee hurt but I was able to make reasonable time. When I reached the Cape of Good Hope I decided to take the paved road down instead of the Sunset Trail- right knee really wasn't liking this downhill so I opted for the slightly shorter non-technical route.
Here is what it looked like after I cleaned it off at home:
I am icing the knee now and hope it settles down quickly as this week my plan is to start the mileage ramp-up for the SD100. The plan going forward is:
Week of May 1: 85 miles
Week of May 8: 100 miles
Week of May 15: 100 miles
Week of May 22: 100 miles
Week of May 29: 80 miles
Race week-light mileage- race Day June 3
As it is I may have to ease up this week as the right knee is bit swollen from the impact.