If you are smarter than me, perhaps you don't have to keep reading.
I was excited for a new trail run adventure, even though I have hiked this path in the daylight before. And I was excited for more distance than our usual trail runs. This one was about 15 km. I probably would have done great had it not been for that nearly 20 km-last-chance-for-big-boy-miles-run before the half marathon. It didn't hurt, but man was I tired. And my legs were not sore but heavy and hard to move. This was not the fun experience I had in all the previous trail runs. Even our fearless leader noticed I was slower than usual.
Lessons learned, if I'm not ready, it's ok to back down. Sometimes I just load my plate too full. The eyes are too wide.
So it looks like I'm taking a break from the trails for a couple of weeks. As we speak, I'm rubbing myself down with Ben Gay. That's (icy) hot!