Monday, October 15, 2012

Marathon and Trail Jumping For the Week

A few hours after the St. George Marathon I was good as new! I was out running around with the kids, playing frisbee and baseball with the fam, and was shocked at my incredibly speedy recovery.

Unfortunately the Grim Reaper snuck into my room Saturday night. On Sunday my legs were so sore that I wanted to sob like a little school girl. And Monday was even worse! (For me, the Monday after a race is always the worst.) The downhill pounding from the marathon made my legs feel like someone poured lighter fluid on them and then lit a match. And then dropped a refrigerator on my legs just for good measure.

I'm thankful that the soreness didn't kick in during the race and prevent me from getting in a few hops.

Thankfully by Tuesday everything started to loosen up, Wednesday even more, and by Thursday all the soreness was gone. I did an easy 2 miles on Friday to ease back into the running thing.

Saturday, October 13th 2012: 6 miles easy. I went to one of my favorite spots to run: the Jem Trail.

We got a bunch of rain over the last few days so there were a few sections that were muddy, but not too bad.

My friend Chris from The Scene Begins is an amazing 100 mile runner and photographer. He told me about some Sahara Shorts from REI that he uses for races because they have lots of pockets to carry gels, a camera, etc. I bought some and took them out for the first time. I think these will work well for for the upcoming 100 miler.

Holy Moses. The Javelina Jundred is less than two weeks away! Wait. The 100 miler is next weekend! This was my first 100 miler and I can't believe a year has passed since then. I can't wait to spend 100 miles in the beautiful, unforgiving desert with 400 of my (soon to be) close friends. Bring it on!

"Pushing your body past what you thought it was capable of is easy; the hard part is pushing yourself even further....past what your mind wants to let you. That's what ultrarunning is all about; introducing you to a self you've never known." ~ Rex Pace


  1. Is that a future prediction of the pain I'll be feeling after next Sunday? Ouch! Bring on the pain!

    Man, I remember having my web browser open for pretty much the entire Javelina Jundred last year. I'd check in on ya every time I passed my computer. I even saw you on the webcam at least 4 times. You're going to do great! I can't wait to hear how well it goes this year!!!

  2. I might have stalked your pictures when searching for mine the other day. I have to say, you've got some mad hops! Pretty jealous especially that you could do it after running 26.2 miles. I thought about trying it at the finish line and then I forgot my legs were dead. :)

  3. Great jumping pictures! It's funny how the soreness is always a few days away. It always worries me if I hurt during a race because then I know it's going to be extra bad.
    Can't wait for your next 100. Incredible!

  4. I wanna get my mountain bike out and hit those trails!

  5. I can't believe your 100 miler is this weekend. So very incredibly exciting!!!

  6. Wow, it seems like your first outing in that race was just yesterday! Very excited!

  7. You always have the best jumping pictures, I especially love the last one with the awesome shorts!

    Good luck in your ultra! I started reading your blog just before that race last year, and I can't believe we've reached our one year anniversary of me totally stalking you! Tender moments.

    Seriously though, I'm excited to hear how you do! Your recaps always make me want to go out and pace some people in Ultras (not ever do them myself, just help others).