MTB-ing

Nice MTB ride over lunch. My third time on the course and I’m getting slightly better and am enjoying it much more! Fitness is desperately lacking and this showed after about 40 minutes where my legs were fried – There was a rather long hill after which I never recovered.

Now, should I run tonight too?
If so, should I do the XTreme or just the 10k?

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Did a completely different run than planned: a dead-man’s run. I should have guessed it would be so. Since I train so infrequently, I am usually like a greyhound in the slips – buzzing around the house waiting for my opportunity to go out and run. Tonight was a little different: I was looking for things to do so that I would not HAVE to go out and run. Eventually at 21:30 I headed out the door and started to run. I felt great and decided that I would run the 10km trail, making it a 12km door-to-door trip. I hit the trail after about four minutes and take in the first hill. 3km later the trail splits: straight ahead to the 10km trail, right the 15km XTreme. I decide that I will take the XTreme route only until it intersects the 10km trail again; thus adding about 1.5km on to my night’s endeavors.
Still all is well. Suddenly, about 3-4 minutes after I deviated from my planned route I started to feel bad… very bad. Legs did not want to turn over, HR very low relative to perceived exertion and an unending desire to walk. I decided to plodd on and suck it up. 7km into my run I took a short cut home, leaving me about 3.5 km to go. 5 minutes later I saw annother short-cut and took that one too. I did manage to pick the pace up in the last km but all in all it was a disaster: 9.1km 45 minutes – probably my slowest solo run in 5 years.

Now comes the debate: do I try again tonight or rest a day?