|From the Ridge looking to the north east. A long way down.|
In 2013 I took part in the Knee Knacker, a race I said was "THE HARDEST RACE".
On Tuesday, I think I may have figured our why I made that run so hard on myself, let alone how hard the course was on me. My brother-in-law Sean and I made our way down to Larabee State Park to do a 21k run in the Chuckanuts, with the focus on running up Rock Trail and along the Ridge Trail.
My legs felt like crap from the get go. On about 5 hours sleep, I thought it was my own fatigue. I just could not get them going. I was actually running in pain. That was until the 6k mark of our run, when I stopped, took off my Zoot compression calf sleeves, and stuffed them in my Nathan HPL20 hydration kit.
|Let Freedom Reign!! Making it to the top sans lower leg encumberments.|
My legs were free. I could actually feel my muscles move, uninhibited. Something that I take for granted on every run I am on. After removal, I felt like two lower leg casts had been removed from my legs. I could actual run without pain.
I remembered the same pain for 50 kilometres at the Knee Knacker. I would not be having it this time. I ditched those infernal things early. I have friends who run in calf sleeves. I thought the sleeves might be one of those types of things to enhance or make my run more efficient, faster. But no. Those bastards are now solely for recovery, if I feel like it.
And often, I do not feel like wearing compression for recovery. It is just not my thing, save for the rare occasion that I pull our my knee high Sugoi socks.
|21 kms. Another beautiful run in some of the best trails around! The profile is sweet!|
The old mantra of do not try anything new on race day would have been something that I should have heeded over a year ago on the morning of the Knee Knacker. Instead, I flipped it off, squeezing into my calf sleeves, and trying to get to the finish of the hardest race I have ever done. I made that race even more uncomfortable that it needed to be.
My calf sleeves are ready for the trash. They are not for me.
Note to self: Never try anything new on race day. No new shoes, no new clothes, no new nutrition. Nothing.
And, the Knee Knacker is still one mutha of a race. Damn hard.
And, never, ever, wear calf sleeves while racing or training.
National XC Championships is November 29th, followed by the Deception Pass 50k!!
Life is good.