Last year I decided that (for me) one of the keys to ultra training is the run on the day after the long run. When I was training for my first marathon in 2003 I would usually take a day off from running after my long run, or at best do an easy couple of miles. Last year I started doing runs of about 8 miles on the day after a long run, usually on easier terrain and at a faster pace. This year I'm trying to make my day-after-long-runs closer to 10 miles, and not necessarily on easier terrain. So I guess its more like long run part 2 rather than recover run.
On Sunday, the day after doing almost 20 at Bradbury, I returned to meet Blaine and Floyd for another run. Not exactly the best guys to run with if you're looking for a slow and easy recovery. We all agreed to "take it easy" by skipping the worst (best?) of the hills and headed out for an out-and-back on the Snowmobile Trail to the power lines.
We decided to throw in a little loop at the turnaround that brought our distance up to about 10.5 miles. I was surprised to find that I actually felt better today than I did during my run the day before, not sure why that is. Apart from slipping and falling on my ass at a big stretch of ice the run went well and I finished feeling surprisingly good after a pretty big week for me in terms of total mileage.
distance: 10.49 miles
weather: 31-36 degrees, cloudy becoming bright and sunny
conditions: firm packed snow, lots if ice
gear: Inov-8 Mudroc 280, wool socks, short tights, 2x long sleeve tops, gloves, buff