Recovery after the Point Defiance 30k was much harder than it should have been. I was very, very sore. The rest of my runs that next week were mostly good (except for a 3 mile birthday shuffle on Monday), but were all followed by unusual soreness. A six mile run on Friday left me achy the rest of the afternoon. What in the world?!
I still don't know exactly what's up, but it has meant that I need to make sure I am being more gentle with myself. Saturday was an unscheduled rest day, Sunday I cut an hour off of my long run. It was the right call, but I would be lying if I said it didn't make me nervous. The main thought that circles my brain center around: "how can I be ready for a race while missing workouts?"
Sunday's long run was so much fun. As a member of the High Heels Running Group I have participated in plenty of group runs but have often been unsuccessful in finding buddies from the group for random runs I wanted to do. Until this weekend, that is! Ten girls joined in my run on Sunday morning! It was so awesome. I really enjoyed chatting with women I hadn't met before and catching up with those I had. We started before the sun came up, so for about 30 minutes our headlamps lit up the trail. It was my first run with my new headlamp and I really enjoyed it, the experience was easier than I thought it would be.
This is the headlamp I bought (thanks mom and dad for the birthday money!):
Black Diamond ReVolt.
I particularly love the color!
I bought a new running pack this week, as well. It was a huge investment, but necessary. I just can't go out and do 7+ hour runs in the wilderness without the ability to carry more gear. I love, love, love my Ultra Vesta, but it only holds 4L worth of stuff. My new "S-LAB ADV SKIN3 12SET" (yes, I copied/pasted that, what a crazy long name!) holds 12L (hence the "12 set"). There are approximately eight million pockets on the thing, give or take a few.
I am a bit annoyed, however, that this pack seems to really work best with a Salomon bladder. After taking out a second mortgage on my house to afford this thing I wasn't about to drop more $$$ on that specific bladder, so I am trying to figure out how to use the Camelbak one I have. Trying being the operative word, I can't quite figure out how to keep the bladder secure and thread the hose out to a spot I can easily access it. You would think this stuff would be obvious, but not to me. It should come with a tutorial.
Between that pack and my Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta I am all set for just about anything I should want to do for the foreseeable future.
And speaking of foreseeable future, I just heard about registration for the Gorge Waterfalls 50k. The lottery opens this coming week. It would be the perfect long training run for the Sun Mountain 50 miler! Am I feeling lucky???