I was back on the trails last night. I put in a 10 mile slow aerobic run around the Back Bay. I purposely kept things slow and steady. My legs are still tired, although the rest of the pain from Saturday's race is pretty much gone. More important though is that I needed this run to get my head back into things.
There's something about training and weeks 15 through 18 that just get to me. Last marathon cycle I had the same problem about 16 weeks in - losing interest and suffering mental burnout as the miles start racking up. There appears to be an inversely proportional relationship between 50 miles a week and my interest level. This does not bode well for my fledgling trail running/ultra career! Hopefully, the motivational problems are more related to running the same paths and trails four or five days a week for the last three years.
Boy - I hate to say this, but I'll be happy when the L.A. Marathon is over. Time for a little break from the rigors of marathon training! Tonight I'm on the rowing machine to make up for my fun on Wednesday.