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?

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7 Responses to Recovery.

  1. Shawna says:

    congrats on a 50-miler!! ahhh what a crazy awesome achievement. i didn’t run today as it’s an off day for me, so i plan to celebrate by posting pix of yesterday’s run and resting a lot for my run in the am. 🙂

  2. You def deserve the rest! 🙂

  3. 262x2 says:

    Ironically, National Running Day is usually either a rest or cross-training day for me; last year I took the day off from running and this year was supposed to be the case, but I am going out there and doing one mile. My calves have been sore so I’ll be doing lots of stretching and some core work, too. But I’ve decided that I have to get some running in on national running day! I, of course, didn’t just run 50 miles, though!

  4. jenna holly says:

    50 miles?!!! All the respect! I’d still be out there now, trying to finish haha! I celebrated National Running Day with a quick 5k! 🙂

  5. piratebobcat says:

    Wuss! Get out there and celebrate National Running Day like a true patriot! Or just do what I do after a big race and chill till my hot bod tells me it wants to run again. Either way is kewl.

  6. I got really sick so I was unable to participate in national run day as well.

  7. glad to here you are resting and starting to feel back to your old self. (it would take me months after a 50 mile run haha)

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