The plan the last week was to continue slow, easy runs during the week to get in 50 miles ahead of the weekend, then do a back to back this weekend to bust out a solid 100 mile week. I took an easy recovery walk on Monday and felt surprisingly good on Tuesday's 13 miler. Thereafter the week was a bit of a slogging grind. The knee held together but I was feeling increasingly tired and beat up; I iced the knee a lot, did a lot of stretching and kept telling myself that it was time on the feet that counted, I was focussing on keeping my stride short and just moving. By Friday night I was wondering how the 28 miler I'd planned for Saturday would go, I was tired, sore and I'd been working a few hot spots with the foam roller and the tennis ball. I turned in early and set my alarm for 5am.
Alex and I met at 6 and headed up the Sam Merrill Trail out of a solid marine layer. We walked up to Echo mountain and then ran easy from there to the Mt Lowe railway. I stopped to jam my fingers into a hot spot in my calf and it released. We continued on and broke through the marine layer:
On the run run down I was surprised at how good I felt- the knee felt solid and I was pretty loose. It was warm and bright as opposed to the fog down in the valley.