I will be moving into this long-term project with friend and previous coworker Matt Williams. He has years of corporate training experience and a wealth of knowledge that I really believe is integral to the overall success of the project. He brings a background that is different enough from mine that he will be able to reach a totally different audience from me in a way I may not be able to. Together I believe we can change lives.
Ok, so back to the topic at hand. Obviously, recovering from any very long run is a slow process and one that requires more patience than I probably possess. It's been clearly proven that extended rest is integral to proper recovery of muscles and joints and that more is often better than less. I tried, I really did, but unlike previous 100s I've run I came off of Zion feeling amazing and close to fully recovered within a week. Even with the running I've done since then I've felt like I was taking it very easy and not pushing it. I don't feel injured or sore any more and for the most part have even seen my speed come back on a couple of runs. But the reality is that I probably shouldn't have been running, at all, until this week. Teaching note of the day - if you run a marathon and that is your limit take a good week off after your race. For ultra-marathons consider taking up to two weeks off, definitely if you've just run 100 miles. Rest people, it does a body good.
Well, yeah, I haven't been resting. Saturday I ran a 5k (that's kind of like resting, right?) which was no big deal. However, before the race their was a crossfit booth and they challenged me to try their little timed workout. I kind of killed it, shocking the people working the booth. The problem is that even for how little I did it completely crushed me. I was so sore in my inner thighs the next morning it hurt to walk normal. It must have been the box jumps.
When Matt and I went out yesterday to hit up the first section of the Wasatch 100 trail up to Chinscraper I was wrecked from the time we left. Not only did my legs hurt, but I had no energy. We had eaten a good breakfast, I just didn't have any energy. Within 3 miles I was taking a gel. I then had a 200 calorie fruit bar not long after. We weren't pushing the pace and even though the first 8 miles had 4000+ feet of vert I can usually push a decent power hike. Yesterday I just had nothing. Even running down I wasn't my usual self. And by the time we got back to the car I was ruined. Moral of the story? REST, REST, REST. It's good for the body and the soul.
Our turn around point. We were about a mile from cresting Chinscraper.
Matt running down through the trees
Antelope Island in the distance