9 days til Javelina Jundred! Single digits now. I can't believe it's almost here. I'm tapering this week and I'm doing okay with the taper. Mostly.
I only ran 8.6 miles on Tuesday, 6.2 yesterday, and 9 today and missed not being able to go longer. But it was nice getting to sleep in a little. I could probably use the lower mileage anyway because I have a few little niggles in my left leg (knee, glute, and calf). Nothing major and they are fine once I've warmed up.
Running has not been spectacular. I feel a little sluggish. I swear that my body does not like taking time off of running. I do much, much better when I run everyday. I know I needed the breaks because I was probably a little bit overtrained. Just a little. ;) But each run gets progressively better when I run every day and today's was pretty good. More fluid. More graceful. That's the thing about taking time off...I feel clunky on the next run or two and I don't like it!
I've also been dealing with some weird stomach thing. I have been feeling a little nauseous and bleh the past few days. I've been trying to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to see if it helps. It doesn't make eating a whole lot of fun right now though and it's really hard to enjoy my lunch burritos since I've lost my appetite. Again. Sigh.
Anyway, I'm in a weird place in that I'm not stressing about how my running is going. I don't need to be fast for JJ100. I just need to finish it in 30 hours. Which seems totally doable...as long as I can stay on my feet. And keep food in my stomach. And stay awake. <-- My biggest worry.
But I am hopeful. :)
I had a very interesting thing happen on my run Tuesday morning. I saw a coyote run across the bike trail and then another a few minutes later. The 2nd coyote and I ran by each other and both of us looked over our shoulders to see what the other one was doing. I saw it stop on the trail and watch me. And then it howled! I stopped too and listened for a moment and then it took off and so did I. It was a very cool encounter and I think it was a sign of good things to come. Maybe that coyote knew I planned to get a coyote paw print tat when I complete the 100 and it approved! Ok, probably not...but you never know...
One other coyote related item is that one of the aid stations at JJ100 is called Coyote Camp:
I don't know...I could be blowing smoke about the signs and thinking wishful thoughts but like I said, I am hopeful. Only time will tell. In this case 30 hours. But hopefully less!