09 August 2010

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After taking a few days off trying to recover from my groin and calf injury, it was time to get my legs moving again. Richard met me at my house at 5AM and we decided to keep our run local. We opted to run downtown and follow part of the Cotton Row 10K course to loop around and back to my house. It took me over 2 miles to loosen up my calf enough to run with an even gait. I didn't want to favor my right leg, but that's nearly impossible with the current pain. However, half way into our run I was able to run fairly balanced. We kept an easy pace and required very frequent water breaks, and I mean very frequent. We took in fluids just about every two to three miles.Yet I was still unable to stay properly hydrated. I went through about 2.5 liters of water and Gatorade in a little less than 2 hours and 10.5 miles. The temps and humidity were extremely high again and the weather does not look like it's going to let up any time soon. I am going to have to make sure I have enough Succeed Caps and energy gels with me for next weekend's Laurel Valley White Water Run (~35 miles). This race will be great fun as it is self-supported and we will need to bring our own water filtration systems and pumps in addition to sufficent food and energy supplies. My taper had been rather long due to my recent injuries, but more rest is better than too little. Richard and I will go for a barefoot walk on Wednesday to keep loose.

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