The bad - my shitty Sunday long run
There are still the remnants of injury hanging about, including ITB soreness on the outside of my right knee, which got quite painful in the last 5k on Sunday. But the main thing is a weird kind of soreness that appears in my legs towards the latter part of any kind of effort run I do. It is not the normal kind of fatigue or burning that I am quite used to, but an almost nausea-inducing ache, that totally flattens me and is impossible to run through.
I suppose I just have to be patient and expect that as an over-40 runner, my recovery is going to take a little longer than I had hoped. I will certainly do things a bit different next year, including a full two weeks off post race. I started trying to run too early which has not helped things, and entering You Yangs 80k wasn't the smartest move either. Even though it is still 5 weeks away, it put additional pressure on me to ramp up my k's too soon.
On the plus side, I did get some new shoes - my first ever real life proper trail shoes - the Inov-8 Trailroc 255's. They're not an aggressive (big lugged) outsole shoe, but more suited to the hard packed and loose trails I normally run on. My feet were a bit sore as they are a bit firmer underfoot than my road shoes, but I think I will adapt, and the difference in grip I had was definitely noticeable.
The good - my new shoes!