|Goodbye Redcliff Desert Reserve. Photo: Craig Young|
04 November 2011
The block of five days not running post Pony Express (92 miles) and easing back into short runs has paid off. My knee (tendon) still gave sharp pain even with the 30 mins of easy jogging but has improved daily. November has become my down time, recovery, whatever it is other than racing. I'll run every day this month but never more than 60 mins a day. It works for me. It keeps my base fitness filled and yet allows for physical and mental recovery/rejuvenation. The fun of planning next year's race schedule is beginning. Of course, I have the added task of scheduling around PCTR's schedule. Thankfully, PCTR's owner, Sarah, is a long distance running nut too, so she understands and weekends like Hardrock are left open (for now) in the PCTR schedule. She knows the need for balance (if there is such a thing in ultrarunning) and we've already talked about a couple of the very important races I'd like to do next year.
I've been immersed the last few days researching for a story I'm working on. The exact angle from which I want to write it isn't clear yet, but close. Should be a fun story once it's laid out. The work on it will also have to be put on hold for the next couple of days while I pack my meager belongings into my car and make my way west on Monday. I've grown from getting acquainted with the high desert and red cliff trails to forming a relationship with them. Unlike Boulder where I bounce into and trip over 40 people on a weekend trail run, I have never seen another trail runner and nearly no other trail users here. I feel welcomed and absorbed into the landscape and will miss the views, colors, and warmth of the now familiar reserve trails.