I have the week off from work. I had that planned before I registered for the race last weekend. It's been nice to have the week to sleep in, hang around town, go on day trips, etc. And since its a recovery week I'm not worrying about when, where, how or if I run.
Yesterday we took a trip to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. It was sunny but very windy. We went on a long walk on the beach and the way out was against the strong wind. Normally I wouldn't consider a walk to be a workout, but in those circumstances, it was.
This morning we went on a family run around the neighborhood. The little guy was pooped from the trip yesterday (he ran circles around us while we walked), so we ended up at the school. He played on the play structure while Marc and I took a few more laps around the school yard.
Speaking of Marc .... On the drive home from the coast yesterday he had a revelation. He finally admitted that he might actually be a runner. Yes dear, I think after completing a 50k trail race, you are a runner. He'd always thought of himself as a mountaineer, who sometimes ran. Or a body builder, who sometimes ran. Or a practitioner of tai chi, who sometimes ran. Never a runner. But now, I think he may even try another ultra.
As for training, I'll probably hit the trails for a run on Saturday and probably Sunday too. But I'm playing it by ear. The McKenzie River Trail Run 50K is in 5 weeks so I'll get back to a regular schedule next week. I think I could get used to doing long races every 6 weeks or so. I like the flow of a week of recovery, a week to ease back into training, a couple of weeks of harder training and then a few taper weeks.
I'm looking for something else to run in October. I have a few races in mind but suggestions welcomed.
P.S. A few responses to the responses:
Michelle suggested the Portland Marathon. While I do want to focus more on trails, I'm not against road races and may run Portland again some day. However, I'm already signed up to run the kid's 2 mile run with the little guy. So I'll be there!
Ginger B. suggested McDonald Forest. Its only the 15K in October (the 50k is in the spring), but I'm definitely considering it. I'd like to do some shorter trail races too.
The longer race I really have my eye on is the Sister's Poker Run on Oct 22nd. Seeing Glen Tachiyama's pictures from last year's run is what set the ultra wheels in motion for me. There's a big fire over there right now and I'm not sure if that is going to have any effect on this year's run.