Labor Day WOD:
8.45 mile trail run
I've spent most of the afternoon on the couch, half awake. I am wiped out. A grande coffee didn't touch my exhaustion. Walking to the grocery store took some serious effort.
Now my butt is frozen for the second time today...icing the sore hamstring and butt.
Andrea, Nikki, Justin, Alyssa and myself from CF and my friend Stuart hit the trails at Fountainhead Regional Park today. It is a beautiful retreat from the hustle and bustle of DC/Arlington/Alexandria. Far, but not too far. I haven't written too much about trail running, but it is something I really enjoy. It is really challenging, a full body workout, and is just a great opportunity to connect with yourself and nature.
Alyssa, Stuart, and I needed to hit a long run--we decided 45 minutes out and back. The others were doing a combo of running/walking. Off we went diving into the woods. It was overcast and pretty dark back in the woods. The trail offered some steep hills, rolling hills, and some tricky footwork. After 5 miles or so, my hamstring started acting up again. crap. Another mile and the hills were impossible. Then the pain wrapped around into my hip and I felt like I could barely lift my right leg. Oh and I got stung by a bee. I shuffled the last few miles, but needless to say I finished and finally realized I have a fairly serious problem with the hamstring and piriformus.
Ouch. Today I realized that I need to serihously rest my legs. We'll do some upper body work this week and totally take it easy next week to rest for the half marathon.
All of that said, I was awesome to run with friends and people who won't leave you behind on the trail! (Thanks guys!)