Wow, my calves are hammered! At least my hips and ankle feel better this morning. Long drive home today so hopefully I can survive the ride.
Spent a couple of hours visiting with the Murphy's in SLC, great time chatting, letting the kid's play and burn off some energy and talking about the R2R2R in 3 weeks. Had some good conversation about the race yesterday as well.
I have come to the conclusion that my racing results this year have been a bit lackluster as I have focused of the balance of my life roles as opposed to pouring excess energy and thought into running. Kids, family, work and church have taken a lot of my focus and time and my training (at least "quality time" and speedwork) just have not been there. I have put in a heavy amount of miles and my endurance is good and I have enjoyed running for fun and stress relief. I have not really missed the "stress" of big workouts except for at races where my mind is thinking I can do things that my body and training just are not ready for. But, the rest of my life has been good and I have been blessed with so many good things that a few "bad" races just doesn't matter in the big picture.
I think I have also come to realize the appeal of trails and ultras that Jon found in the approach to training differently and will see how the translates to a real trail run later this month with Rob, Steve (and maybe my friend Gray who is think of joining us!) in the Grand Canyon.