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While you were away

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Susan and her family went to Seattle for the long Memorial Day weekend, which left me contemplating how many solo miles I wanted to log over the weekend. For whatever reason 20+ miles solo is really mentally challenging for me, it is more getting myself out the door than anything else. Once I am running, I am fine but I seem to find all sorts of ridiclious things to keep me from reaching the trailhead. We call this 'fucking around on purpose' or FAOP for short. 

Thursday Susan told me that she would have time to run ~10 miles on Friday morning before they left for Seattle. I was elated, not only would I get to have some time on the trails with Susan, but I could shorten my solo run the next day since I was going to put in extra miles on Friday. 

I planned a route where we would run up to the Pittock Mansion first thing in the morning and hopefully get a good view of the city waking up. The weather didn't have the same plans, so instead we got an over cast view of Portland. 


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My interpretation of recovery

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It is 2 weeks post-Miwok and I am still struggling to motivate myself to write the race report, I promise I will get it up soon. Susan needs to finish her race report for Peterson Ridge as well. I wasn't going to write any blog post until I finished the Miwok race report, but then they just start piling up and the whole blog thing just feels daunting. 

So let's start with the end of the Miwok story: recovery. 

Our normal recovery pattern has been to take a day or two off of running, post a long run/race and to ease back into running, but by the next weekend we are doing a long run (20+ miles). My body didn't feel that wrecked after Miwok, but I was pretty wiped out mentally. I felt like a zombie at work, so I figured I should actually try and recover "better" this time. A quick Google search later I came across "Recover Better: 10 Rules For Optimal Ultramarathon Recovery" on irunfar.com

Using the article as a guideline for my recovery, this is how I appl…