These past three weeks have been fantastic. I took two weeks off from running; completely. This was the longest rest from running I have had in several years, and the first break from training since October. Needless to say, my body loved it. My appetite was suppressed for the first few days after the race; it felt like I was hollow and empty, but just not hungry. After Tuesday the 19th, I became ‘ragingly’ hungry for a while and proceeded to stuff my face with mostly healthy items. Those first few days my legs were tired, obviously, but not destroyed. My energy levels seemed to be mostly normal until Wednesday morning, the 20th. At about 12 noon on Wednesday, I started to feel very weak, tired, and my legs had a unique pain ‘pulsing’ through them. After a few days of that, my body shook that off and I felt fine.
I was fortunate enough to receive 4 free massages from the High Altitude Performance Lab (HAPL) here at WSC from Mike McCarthy; thanks to Mike, and to Scott Drum for setting that up. These massages, over the course of two weeks, greatly helped me ‘open’ up the legs; most especially the hips. I felt ‘worked’ after each session; but knew it was helping. I kept up my regimen of cold and hot baths, in addition to a moderate amount of stretching.
I did manage to get on my mountain bike about 9 times over those first two weeks; great sessions out at Hartman’s mostly with Annie, which was fun. We rode some great trails for the first time this season, and enjoyed some super good weather. Also, I participated in my first photo shoot; thanks again to Scott Drum and photographer, Jason Dunning. These pics were for a small article for Trail-runner magazine that Scott put together. The pics were taken in my favorite place to run in Gunnison: Hartman Rocks. Great single track, trails, and amazing rock formations.
Over Labor Day weekend we had the great fortune to meet up with my parents in Salt Lake City. They traveled down from Billings, MT, and we headed up from Gunnison to meet them. We stayed right in downtown at the ‘Little America’ hotel which was luxurious by our standards. We did the tourist deal and checked out some of the amazing sights and sounds of Salt Lake. We saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform; and that was incredible; my dad has lots of connections; allowing us to receive ‘VIP’ treatment at this event. We also traveled to Antelope Island out in the Great Salt Lake, and walked on the beach. (pics below).
I also hear there is a great race out there on the island, The Antelope Island Buffalo Run, either a 50 miler, 50km, or 25km. I may have to add this late March race to the calendar one of these days. Erik Storheim seems to be the perennial winner of the 50 miler in sub 9- min per mile pace. I raced Erik at the Fruita 50 miler in ’07, and greatly enjoyed meeting him and talking with him.
Labor Day weekend also marked my first couple of runs since the LT 100. I ran on Saturday, Aug. 30, in 100 degree heat on the trails behind the University of Utah. On Sunday morning, Annie and I went out together to do a shorter 50 min. run on the same trails and this time it was raining and around 60 degrees, and we caught the Sunrise. Fantastic. We then drove to Moab, UT that night and found a place at the Silver Sage Inn… a good spot, very clean and small. We awoke on Monday, Sept. 1 to super good weather and numerous trail options for a run. We chose something close to town: the Moab Rim Trail. I headed out there for a solid 85 min. run of 10.5 miles with a good amount of vertical. This trail is a must do for anyone looking for some good panoramas of the Moab Valley. Great trip; good running, etc.