With our three marathons in three days coming up in the 3rd week of November, I have been starting to push the norm.
Trickier trails. More hills. Night running. Boring road reps. Running to work. Running with all the kit I need to be self sufficient for 26 miles.
I have never run a marathon, only a 1/2. But I have always been able to run far and then want to run further. The jump to do 3 marathons in 3 days was just a change in head space.
Before I signed up I thought I would never be able to train enough. After I signed I was able. It would just be 4 of my normal runs at once, run at a slower pace. If I die a death I can always walk it.
Training was building the fitness and my head was rock solid. I'll just do it. It will be hard but I can do it.
Then last week my knee gave in followed shortly by my head. One run. A tightening knee. A long downhill finally brought me to a standstill and a limp 2 miles home with a locking knee.
I changed shoes and did some stretching but every run afterwards ended the same.
The remedy was a simple conversation with Ray at the health food shop. He runs ultra's on his days off. Sometimes in the evenings in the summer. We were chatting about the triple and I mentioned my knee.
"Happens all the time when you run lots and long. Your iliotibial band is just tight and inflamed do this strech every day and it will go."
And it nearly has.
I am planning a lunch breakout today to repair my head.