I ran in my 5th race in the last 29 days yesterday. This one was a 14 miler here in Juneau on a very rugged trail. Not a lot of climbing but lots of very slippery planks, mud, roots, and overgrown trail.
I showed up to the race 3 minutes after everyone started. Oops. I finally got going about 5 minutes behind and ran pretty mellow for about 25 minutes, chatting with some of the other racers as I caught up to them. As the route began to climb a bit I began to push myself a little harder and as I passed more and more racers I got a little more motivated to see how many I could catch.
I caught up with the guys running in 2nd-5th places with about 4 miles to go in the race. None of them seemed to know how far ahead the leader was but they all seemed to be encouraging me to chase after him. So I went for it. Never caught him though... finished about 4:00 back. Hungout for a bit and then ran the route back to my car to get a good distance day in.
I felt surprisingly worn out after just 28 miles. Recovered quickly and have no leftover fatigue today, but yesterday afternoon I was just plain exhausted. I've actually felt a bit like that by the end of each day this week. Not sure if I'm getting some delayed fatigue from my 100 miler last week or maybe I've been fighting off a sickness or something. At any rate, I plan to monitor how I feel here in the next few days and push myself accordingly. I want to get some serious climbing workouts in between now and Wasatch, but if my body is telling me to take it easy then I'm going to have to take it easy.