Especially after the 30miler last Saturday on 3.5 hours of sleep, I’ve been totally drained and worn out to continue normal training. Instead of limping along and still racing Hawkeye 50k in 3 weeks, I’m going to pull the plug now on it, take 5-15 days to get energy & legs back, and get my late-winter rest in before the more important 16-week build up to Western States. This has been without a doubt the most brutle winter of running I’ve ever trudged through but actually the highest mileage I’ve been at for a while and am encouraged how this should serve a more specific build up towards June 28th.
I’m very much looking forward to being a full-time volunteer at the Hawkeye 25k/50k in a couple weeks as while racing I’ve always been a bit jealous of the volunteers and aid station workers.
Listening to the body … going to pay off in the long run. Hard to do … gotta do it.