TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Twin Peaks Recovery

Recovery has been slow.  But that’s okay because I let so many things slide lately, things with deadlines.  I used this week’s down time to get caught up working. 

The first 3 days after Twin Peaks, I woke with extremely stiff legs.  My feet feel good.  I haven’t done much of anything to speed recovery, which is probably why it’s been slow.  How do I speed up recovery?  I foam roll, do floor exercises, stretch those hips and IT band.  All I’ve really done is foam roll – and just once or twice.

Today, I got in my recovery run.  I started late on the trails this morning since I needed to get the boys off to school.  The weather was delightfully cool with a slight breeze.  I took off with a pack because I wasn’t quite sure how far I’d run.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I decided to add Car Wreck Trail UP HILL (see the steep portion in the elevation profile below.)  It kicked my butt all over the place.

Turns out that I didn’t need the pack, because I put in just under 8 miles.  A handheld would have done with this weather.  Eight miles is good.  I’m certainly not complaining.  I didn’t realize how much that big uphill would shove me around. 

I also forgot to tape my arches.  Turns out, I didn’t feel discomfort at all.  The best thing about today’s run was that it was PRESSURE FREE.  Yes, gloriously pressure free.  I simply got to enjoy.  No worrying about my performance and how I’m going to in Twin Peaks.  That story has now been written. 

Running down into Wood Canyon:

Descending a staircase on Wood Creek Trail:

Coyote Run (where the fairies fly freely):

Running Oak Grove Trail:

Entering Car Wreck:

Car Wreck Trail:  Going up

Greetings from Top of the World:

This morning’s profile:Running Wood Cyn Car Wreck TOW WR Cholla loop 10-19-2012, Elevation - DistanceRunning Wood Cyn Car Wreck TOW WR Cholla loop 10-19-2012

2 comments:

  1. That is some recovery run! :) I don't do anything other than rest and easy running for recovery. I literally just rest my legs. I must say at my age it is definitely taking longer than before.

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  2. Johann, I think I've lost all perspective on distance. Since I so much prefer trails, and have to drive such a distance (& pay for the gasoline), I pretty much need to put in more than five miles or I feel like I wasted time or money. I know . . . kinda sad. But it was joyous nonetheless. Happy running!!!

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