Slow Recovery

I’ve run all of 9 miles since 3:40 a.m. MDT Sunday morning and am still not recovered from my mountain […]

By on September 12, 2007 | Comments

I’ve run all of 9 miles since 3:40 a.m. MDT Sunday morning and am still not recovered from my mountain adventures. I didn’t run at all on Sunday after finishing my pacing duties. On Monday, I did an easy 4.5 on the Mall and was sore, but not uncomfortable and loosened up after about a quarter mile. Had a nice half hour leg massage Monday night. I had intended to run a track workout last night,but had residual soreness, especially around my knees, so I bagged it and ran an easy 4.5 with my roommate, Drew, instead. Despite this easy and active recovery, I’m still not 100% today. I need to figure out if I’m 85%, which wold mean no track workout tonight, or 95%, which would just mean lowered expectations for a track workout tonight.

The reasons for my tentativeness in working out are two fold. First, I don’t want to injure myself. I just came off a huge 10 day, 154.5 mile, 40,000’+ of climb stretch. I should be tired and sore and all the more so since I went into it relatively untrained. That training will pay of big time in the coming weeks and months … if I don’t hurt myself. Second, I’m feeling pretty confident coming out of my running vacation. I don’t particularly want to hit the track a day too early, have a really shitty workout , and then get down about my running, when I might be golden with an extra day’s rest. I’ll make the call one way or the other around 6 this evening.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.