Recovery from Eugene has gone really well. I ran very close to my normal schedule this week, six on Tuesday, six on Wednesday and eight on Thursday. I kept the miles slow and easy, although I can't avoid the hills in my neighborhood. My legs felt a little heavier than normal, but no abnormal aches and pains. I have no complaints!
Today, Sharon and I went out to Forest Park and ran about 20 miles. It was a pretty normal, chatty run for us. We picked a fairly flat route, but it did include a few steep hills which I'm proud to say that we both ran up without walking. The run also included the typical laughter that makes running with Sharon so much fun. She took the lead most of the way. At one spot she jumped and then screamed like a girl. Turns out there was a little dead mole on the trail. Fortunately she earned her tough chick cred back when she spit while running shortly thereafter.
I felt surprisingly good for about 16 miles and then my legs really started getting sore and stiff. This afternoon I was feeling the delayed muscle soreness I used to always get after a long run. I should have taken an ice bath, but I was too intent on getting to my nap! After some vitamin I, I'm feeling much better this evening. I may take tomorrow off, but will likely go on a short recovery run. I'm definitely sleeping in! Next week is my regularly schedule massage and adjustment (I go quarterly). Perfect timing!
So I think we are now tapering for the McDonald Forest 50k. Bring on the hills! I would train through but I have some other ultra's coming up soon so I think a taper is in order this time. I had a free entry so I'm also registered for PCTR's Forest Park 50k the week after Mac. Then two weeks later is the Lake Young's Ultra. It appears the training for my first 50 miler is in full force.