I gave myself a day of rest since my last ten miler. I hydrated the night before and had a nice breakfast. I got out of my car, started running, and everything just sucked.
I developed a blister on my big toe from sprinting at the end of my first ten miler this week. My second ten miler didn't bother it, so I just kept on going. It was hurting the day after my second ten miler this week, so I soaked it in Epsom Salt and warm water. It helped.
Anyway, so I start running today and I just feel tight and uncomfortable. I try to keep a 10 minutes/mile pace, but I couldn't even do that running in quarter mile circles. I tried to go other places, hit some hills, etc, but everything just felt wrong. About a quarter of the way up my big hill I decided to stop. My Achilles heal was hurting, as well as the top of my foot. I know those aren't great signs, so I stopped. Walking back to my car I told myself that I am doing the right thing by playing it safe, but it sucks going from running ten miles to barely being able to run two.
I think a large majority of my problem was the lack of sleep that I got last night. Maybe I can catch up on my sleep and feel better.
This Saturday is my goal race(note my labels: Stages 1 and 2, Stage 3...). I am going to try to run this race as fast as I can. I think I am going to not run for the rest of the week. It will be hard, but I know I need to heal.
I am thinking there will be a road of gravel in the race. I have ran it three or four times and every time I am more comfortable with it. My feet are really starting to develop into some nice transportation units!
Thanks for reading and if you have any tips for getting over the "I feel terrible." feeling, please let me know.