Recovery is not my favorite phase of the training cycle, even though I know it is completely critical to my performance at my next race. I was a good girl and I didn't run for five days after the AR50. Immediately following the race, my muscles felt terrific, but the tendons in most of my joints felt very tight and stiff, particularly in my knees and feet. I've never felt anything quite like it before, so I knew I needed to take my time getting back into the swing of things. I ran four very easy miles last Thursday, then five slow miles on Saturday, then 16 hilly monsters on Sunday. Yeah, I know that last part doesn't sound very smart, but I promise I did a LOT of walking during those sixteen! UltraIronHubs and I were scouting out part of the Gold Rush 100K course we'll be running next month.
|62 miles of this? Yes, please!|
Ah, yes, the 100K. I didn't want to sign up for it until after I had successfully run the AR50. There was no real logic behind this, to be honest. I knew I was going to run it and I had even talked UIH into running it with me - yay! But even though it's been on my mental race plan for months and months, I had
|It was a little cloudy and chilly when we started, but it warmed up into a gorgeous day. On race day, by the time we get to this point in the early afternoon, I have to imagine it's going to be blazing hot out here.|
|I follow all trail markings.|
|Our car was parked just past the bridge you can see waaaaaaaaaaay down at the river. That was an incredibly steep first mile, but a really pleasant last mile.|
Only one little glitch in the day, and you are going to want to skip this next photo if you are squeamish about bugs - I picked up a tick! I've never been bitten by one before and I'd like it a lot if I never got bitten by one again. It hurt! UIH told me he'd had one many years ago in his Army days and didn't even know it, but I felt it the minute that sucker (ha! See what I did there?) got me. It stung like the dickens. UIH managed to pull it out without a problem once we got home and I'm sure I'm completely fine, but the bite spot hurt for two days. No thank you.