Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Recovery

Most of the soreness from Hagg has worn off and I'm feeling pretty good! Pretty, pretty good! I had some weird aches and pains afterwards. I thought my lower back might be sore from all the twisting and catching myself in the slippery mud. But my back has felt fine. Its my ankles and the sides of my lower legs that were stiff. I guess I was working my muscles in ways I never had before.

I didn't go out for a run until Tuesday morning but I wish I had gone out sooner. I love recovery runs. They're like magic! For the first run after a long run or race, I usually start out cranky and sore. But I always finish feeling many times better than when I started.

I'm on a bit of a high right now. Angie has pondered whether ultra running is compatible with moderation and balance. I think for me, I'd feel out of balance if I didn't run long. This state is where my mind and body like to be. It's all good.

13 comments:

Backofpack said...

That's how my legs felt after the snowy Capital Peak run. This time it's just the quads...

Carrie said...

I thought that adding more long running (it's all relative!) would also make me more out of balance, because I was spending so much more TIME running. But I too have found that I need those one hour runs (see, relativity) to help me stay even-keeled through all the rest of the 'stuff' that gets thrown our way.

Anyway, those are my Deep Thoughts on the subject.

stephruns said...

hmmm...i guess some need and want to run long runs in order to do ultras and others less. but it also depends on how one wants to perform at an ultra, nope!?

How many miles do you consider a long run?

Sarah said...

Steph...I hadn't really thought about how long a run needs to be for me to feel "in balance" or to feel "good". But I guess since I'm feeling that way after running 7 hrs, somewhere around there. : ) My point today isn't particularly related to performance. But ask me on another day and performance might seem a lot more important! : )

Joe said...

I agree...running long is a particularly enjoyable thing. You express it well here, Sarah.

All the side-to-side movement on the ankles and legs for stability in the mud and water probably accounts for a lot of the soreness.

Great recovery!!!

Journey to a Centum said...

Sarah,

Sounds like you have "rusty pogo-stick" legs. Great job on the run. I think I'd rather do the hill climbs on Orcas than the mud slog at Hagg.

Recover quickly!

Eric

Ryan said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a muddy blast of a 50k!
You have a great perspective and outlook on running! Savior the moment and rest those feet!

Darrell said...

Hurray for quick recoveries. Just don't push it too much. YOu worked hard in all that mud.

Donald said...

By "this state", you mean psychological, right? Or just Oregon? Because I hear Oregon is very nice. But I'm sure peace of mind is better.

olga said...

Luckily I wasn't sore at all, although not that I wasn;t hurt at places that are injured. So no recovery per se for me:)
As for long runs - I always say, i can easily give up running during a week and substitute it with x-training (or pizza eating), but not the long outings...

rick said...

Your running sounds like it's in a really great place now. Did a hard race, finished and recovering nicely. Like clockwork. Why aren't you running Firetrails again? There's enough people to take care of you and Marc :)

Bob Gentile said...

Good Job Sarah on the recovery... glad ur getting back in motion :-)

angie's pink fuzzy said...

right on.