It has now been a few days since my fifty miler. I’m still moving around rather slowly. My left foot, in particular, hurts a bit. I can walk on flat surfaces, but stairs, that’s another story.
I’m hoping that my legs will be feeling better by the weekend and I’d like to attempt an easy jog on Saturday or Sunday. I have some new shoes to start using (yay). My Saucony Guide 6’s served me well and definitely got me in shape for the ultra but they are completely shot. I will be switching back to Gel Kayano’s for now, but I suspect there will be more Guides in my future.
I hardly thought about running the last two days (mostly because I couldn’t walk). However, today, I was back to my old self – thinking about my next pair of shoes and contemplating my next race.
Another 50 miler? The Green Lakes 50k? The Green Lakes 100k? A road marathon? I’m not ready to make a decision yet – maybe once I’m able to actually start running again.
National Running Day
Apparently, today is National Running Day. I suppose it is ironic that I only take off a few days per year and this will be one of them. Anyhow, I’m going to direct you to a blog post by Kristina Folcik. She also ran the Cayuga Trails 50 on Sunday (she won it in 2013). It was not her day this time around, but she was still smiling every time I crossed paths with her (and I’m pretty sure she was smiling every step of the way). Here’s a tiny excerpt, but I encourage you to read her whole post:
Last year I crossed the finish line with a podium finish. This year I crossed the finish line knowing that I race and run because I love it, not because I need to win. I don’t even know what place I finished in, it is okay because I had so much fun! (and I ate almost an entire apple pie on the way home!) 🙂
For another great read, check out Ellie Greenwood’s Race Report from Comrades.
How are you celebrating National Running Day?