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Eve-ville 100 – The Final Training

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Me and Tasha!

I failed to mention the part about how I’d taken 10 days off of training (other than the 14er).  I called coach Steve panicking and not having the least bit of clue how to pick back up.  After 10 days off, I just picked right back up where I left off and followed the schedule he gave me.  This may only be the 2nd time in my life I’ve followed 100% what a coach said.  Except, I added one thing.  I did 5 hours of yard work that Friday, August 23rd.  My yard had been neglected since April!  It had to be done.  Bad idea.  Really, really bad idea.  I ran 20 miles the next day.  No problem.  Sunday, I ran 20 more.  10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon. Something didn’t feel right.  I took Monday off per the schedule.  My hamstrings were hurting bad.  Really, really bad.  Like I had done a million deadlifts bad.  I rode that Tuesday and took off Wednesday even though I wasn’t supposed to.  13 miles running on Thurs. was hard!  My hamstring was worrying me.  I could not believe I been months without hurting now and yard work did this to me!  I rode Friday.  I was supposed to run 20 Saturday.  I started with Coach Jack’s Cowtown training group.  By now they were all training for other races.  By mile 5, I was walking.   I was scared to run and make it worse.  This was the day I finally figured out it was the 5 hours of yard work a week before. I ended up with 12 miles that day. The next day, Sunday, I was supposed to run trails.  I went to Gateway Park because it was close.  I was also battling the emotional part of this.  I was supposed to be finished.  I wasn’t supposed to still be training.  This was dragging out.  I was burned out.  And now I was hurting.  Annoying.  I was less than one mile into my run at Gateway (the EASIEST trail in the Metroplex) and I face-planted.  Really it was more like a shoulder plant.  But, nonetheless, there I was….lying on the trail, accessing the damage.  Shane called.  I fought through the tears and answered the phone.  We had a good conversation.  The 100-miler was less than a week away.  The training was done.  There was nothing else I was going to be able to do at this point.  I walked back to the car as we talked.  I alternated running and cycling that week. I stretched and rolled and I DID NOT do anymore yard work.

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