I wasn’t sure if I would even post a weekly recap about this week, but I have been getting a lot of questions about how recovery is going, so here we go. This will definitely be the last post with “American River 50” in the title… I know, it’s about time!
Last week included a whole lot of nothing.
I am a big believer in taking time off after an A race. This time it wasn’t as easy as after a hard marathon, because I wasn’t that sore, but I knew that my body and mind needed a break after a long training cycle and a long race.
So, I self mandated 7 days off of running. The first few days weren’t that hard because I was just really tired, but come Friday, I really wanted to run! I almost went, but I knew that I should just stick with my 7 days off, so I did.
Not only does the body need rest after a long training cycle and tough race, but the mind needs it, possibly more! I think one of the best ways I have found to avoid burnout is to take a break before you need one. Taking time off after a big race, when you are all amped and really want to run, is a great way to rest your mind and get refreshed. I have learned this lesson the hard way.
So last week I was very lazy. I ate a lot of candy. I drank some wine. It was wonderful.
Then Sunday, fresh off of crewing inspiration, I went on a trail run and was rewarded with an incredibly beautiful day.
It was warm, it was green, there were flowing creeks to cross. It was perfect.
My IT band has been a little cranky since AR50, so I stopped the run at 6 miles. I am sure I had a smile on my face as big as I did 8 days prior. It was good to be back on the trails.
After my run, I grabbed my camera and walked around for a while, taking pictures of my happy place, while enjoying the sunshine.
All in all, recovery has gone very well. If my IT band wasn’t whispering to me, I would say I feel perfect. But since it is, I am going to make sure to take it easy, listen to my body’s signals and try to be patient. It’s not the easiest thing to do when I just want to go out and do a long run on the trails, but I know I will be soon enough.