I completed my first 50k just a week and a half ago and I'm ready to get back into training again. Last week I only ran about 12 easy, recovery miles. I know that's baby steps for hard core ultra runners. I think back to my first marathon 5 years ago (Portland 2001) and see how much I've changed. I don't think I ran even 12 miles that following winter!
This weekend I'll get back to the trails and see how far they take me. My schedule leading up to McKenzie River is flexible. I'll feel comfortable with one or two weekends of solid, long trail runs.
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I just ran a 31 mile race. It really doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I don't feel wiped out like I used to after marathons. I know that many people think ultrarunners are crazy. I'm sure I thought that too not long ago. Now, it seems to me like the most sane thing in the world.
My next 50K is in September and for now, I'm going to take it one race at a time. But I think its likely that a 50 miler will be on my schedule in 2007. Will I ever want to go further? Hard to say. I think back to watching my brother run the SF Marathon in the early 1980's and I remember my thoughts at the time exactly (and I'm sure I verbalized them too): "There is no way I would ever do a marathon."
Famous last words....