X-Pyr 2016 – Day 4 and 5 Pushing Through the Highs and Lows

X-Pyr 2016 – Day 4 and 5 Pushing Through the Highs and Lows

As the dawn light of day 4 crept across the sky I struggled into action. The next turnpoint was only a few miles away and I set off down the road fueled by granola bars and hot coffee. I could tell my right leg was in trouble. My thigh was really tight and my knee hurt with each step. It was IT band pain, like shin splint pain that most people have  experienced sometime after hiking down a long steep trail but involving the larger muscles of the thigh. IT…