Today was the perfect day to run. It was cool and beautiful. I met up with Tricia and Tehra, whom I'd never run with before, but know through other friends. We met at Bonneville Shoreline Trail at This is Place Heritage Park. It was quite cool at first, but not too cold. As the sun rose, it was just beautiful out! I really enjoyed the company of these ladies. Soon we soon spread out and each ran our own run, meeting up at intersections.
Around mile nine, as we headed down into Memory Grove, my right knee started bugging me again. This was not a happy thing. It hurt the worst on the downhills, and we were heading straight down the mountain. At the half way point, Tricia left us, continuing on through Memory Grove and on to her house and Tehra and I hoofed it back up onto the Shoreline Trail.
I was a bit worried about my knee, but kept a comfortable pace. I knew I was going to have to cut the run short. I love the downhill on this run, and was forced to slow my pace considerably. Other than my knee, I was feeling really great. This was actually quite discouraging and I managed to get in a pretty good funk around mile 16. I talked myself out of pouting and just did my best. By the end of the run my knee was pretty darn sore.
I've since iced it twice, taken my vitamins, fish oil, ibuprofen and am sitting with my leg up. It already feels better than it did at the end of the run, but I know that the next 19 days need to consist of babying the hell out of it. The taper is on!
Blurry Tricia and I hiking uphill.
Snow capped mountains.
Heading down into Memory Grove.
I knew that Tricia, Tehra and I would get along when they told me they named this hill FTH (fuck that hill.) Yes. A very fitting name.
Tehra spotted this guy crawling across the trail. He was the biggest spider I'e ever seen!
I was feeling pretty crappy at this point, so I decided to take a couple pictures and regroup.
The final stretch to the trailhead.
It wasn't the 24 miles I had planned, but I do not need an injury this close to race day! I thoroughly enjoyed the company of these two ladies and hope we can get out on the trails together again soon! Now on to rest! Rest! Rest! Taper! Taper! Taper!