A Fond Tingling?

There were a few times during my college career where, at the end of the season when the speed work was taking hold and we were backing off on the mileage, my legs felt like they were itching to run fast. Something inside them just felt like they wanted to be unleashed on the course or track and take on all comers.

It was always nice when this feeling came just before a big race. I was always sure to hold myself back at these times. Even though my legs felt like they needed to be shaking and my toes tapping while sitting in class, I stayed as still as I could, building up the energy inside to be let out at the appropriate time.

As a coach I love hearing my runners occasionally talk about how they feel similar things to what I felt.

Over the past couple of weeks I have experienced a curiously similar sensation. It is curious because my training is not what I would call focused, pointed, or sharp. I have been gradually running more mileage in preparation for a December half marathon, but "more" is very relative.

I am also coming up on 700 consecutive days of running. However, over the past 650+ days of running I have not experienced anything that would lead me to believe that just running every day would lead to great things.

So, at this point I don't know what to think. Are my legs "itching" on occasion because of some unseen cellular changes that are changing my muscles? Is it just the feeling from a little increase in volume? Could it be something completely unrelated, like fighting off a cold or the flu, or wearing socks that are too tight or shoes that are too old?

I don't know. And I'm not getting my hopes up.

But, if nothing else, this feeling brings back fond memories of special races run many years ago.