I thought I was on the right track, then today happened...
I'd been remiss in my mentioning of the Trail Running Series at Great Glen Trails this spring. It started 4 weeks ago, smack in the middle of my 50k taper, so although it's a great way to force yourself to do some speed work, it wasn't really part of my plan. I have been running in it, though. I skipped the first week due to a scheduling conflict, but I ran the course easily the last two weeks. And, yesterday, I decided to pick it up a tad. I ran the course at about 75%-80%, and felt decent the whole way. Let's call it quasi-up-tempo. My quads bothered me on the downhills, but I wasn't concerned. All in all, a solid run, and I felt like I was headed in the right direction.
Today was a totally different story. I was feeling a bit off and sluggish all day, but I finally forced myself out the door this evening. At best I felt crappy. My quads were killing me. I was actually chopping my strides on the downhills. Not good times. Quite possibly the worst run ever. It just felt like a huge step back. Hopefully, it was just one bad day.
Side note: Last night, I was driving home and found this gem on my iPod:
I clearly remember the painstaking process of drawing the Whitesnake logo on one of my binders. Yup, I was a cool freshman.