And it did not go well. My training group was running at a location that was pretty far from me, about an hour drive according to Google Maps. I'm sure it was beautiful but I just didn't want to go out that far. So I decided to head back to the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda. I was supposed to do 11 miles so my plan was to go 3 miles out and then 3 back so I could re-fill my water and then do another 5 miles to total 11.
Well, that didn't happen. My knee hurt starting out but then settled down and started to feel better after a mile or so. However, it started hurting again around mile 4 or 5. My right foot started cramping around that time too. And I had a really hard time with my breathing, which was probably left over from the illness. I was surprised by the knee because I had rested it all week! Maybe that's why it was having difficulty? Anyway, I stopped at the 6 mile point.
I figure at this point, I'm ready for my 10 mile race in Disney World the first weekend of October. I didn't want to push things and injure myself so close to the race. My plan between now and October 4th is to just do 3-4 runs during the week of shorter distances and more strength training. And I'll finish getting ready for the Richmond half when I come back from Disney.
The good news is that it has been a long time since I had a run this bad. I felt good during last week's 10 miles and I felt good during the several runs before that. I guess we all need a bad run every now and again to remind us that running is supposed to be hard.