I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this run as it was my first outing after the weekend’s Squamish 50/50. Last year, after the same race weekend, my feet and legs were in quite bad shape. In fact, I didn’t run again for quite a while after the event. This year was a totally different story though. My legs were absolutely fine and I could have quite easily gone out for a recovery run on Monday morning. My toes though were a different story. A couple of them were hurt quite badly and had purple/black toenails going on. As a result, I had to wait a few days before I could put shoes on and just walk, let a lone run. Today, however, I decided to give it a try. Since my body is not recovered yet and I was weary of the toenail pain, I decided to make it more of a hike than a run. I decided I would pick up the pace and go into a jog if I felt good and my toes were okay, but the mentality was to be that I was hiking.
I felt good as soon as I started running. I decided I would run to the trail and start hiking from there. It was a warm evening, but it felt great to be out there again so soon after Squamish. Hiking definitely helped I think. I was able to get a good pace going without putting too much pressure on my legs. The sections I decided to run also felt really good. I didn’t have any pain or tightness in my legs and the toenails seemed to hold up pretty well.
I plan to keep things nice and easy for the rest of the week and then get back into some kind of a training routine next week. It’s only about three weeks now until Whistler Alpine Meadows, so I will need to work on bringing my fitness to where it needs to be without tiring myself out again in the process.