So the big news...
Today I am officially signing up for my first ever Trail Race!!!
But I’ll cover that in a few.
What had me so concerned? I thought I was back to having ITB issues!! I had a good strong run on Tuesday running/climbing the mountain before work. Took Wednesday off and I think Thursday is what had my ITB screaming. I woke up early and hit the treadmill rather than climbing the mountain before work. I thought I could get some extra miles in since it was on the treadmill. Well it was just dreadful, I keep trying to get used to the treadmill but it just isn’t happening. Kudos to those of you that can do long runs on the treadmill, it’s just not my thing lol.
Throughout the day my ITB was tight and I was massaging it constantly. Well the genius I am, I decided to take Buster out for like a 4 mile bike ride later that night. So as of Friday I was a nervous wreck, first I thought I was back to ITB issues which is not anything I wanted to go through again, and second what did this mean for the first ever trail race that I wanted to sign up for. So Friday was a full day off from running which consisted of massaging and full on stretching the old ITB.
I woke up Saturday morning and my ITB was feeling okay. I think mentally I was so worried about it that I was making myself feel little pulls and tightness. With great apprehension, I headed out to the trail where my upcoming trail race is being held to scout the trails but also to see how my leg was feeling.
I hit the trail about 5:15am in complete darkness. I decided to start the run walking/hiking just to stretch my legs plus it was completely dark and I was worried about wild animal’s lol. About 2 miles in my legs felt good so I slowly started to jog some of the downhill sections. As the run progressed my leg continued to feel better and better so I was able to really open up the run and ended up running just over 9 miles. I can’t tell you the sigh of relief I had in the car as I was driving home with no ITB pain.
Good news there, but enough with that nonsense. I am full on excited to be signing up for my first ever trail race. Typically, I get nervous as I’m toeing the line at most races but this race has me at a whole new level of nervous. I’m so excited that at times my stomach is churning with butterflies and I’m still 13 days away lol. The organizer is called Xterra and the race is a part of the Arizona Trail Run Series. The race is a 13.1 mile trail race that is a single loop around one of the regional parks in the area. From what I was able to cover this weekend, I see the race being 1/3 nice rolling trail, 1/3 deep sandy wash, and the final 1/3 a massive mountain climb in the last 3 miles. My plan is to have a steady week, then this upcoming Saturday go out to the trail again and cover the full 13 miles to see what I have in store. That will give me about a week to get in some recovery runs, rest days, and be ready for the race. This is going to be a rough 13 days because I’m ready to race right now lol.
Do you remember a race that you were so excited for that you were a nervous wreck weeks or months away? I’m sure most first time marathons provide the exact same feeling
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!