I'm not sure if this will shock you or not, but I'm already back to running. Remember, I'm streaking. I'm trying to go from Memorial Day to Labor Day without missing a day. After that, we'll see. On a rest day I "only" run 1 mile. I have plenty of those days. More than I want. My life is pretty crazy though and despite how it appears running does not run my life. It is not #1. It's up there in high priority. When push comes to shove (for a lot of different reasons) I know I can at least take 10 minutes or less to run a mile. 15, if you want to count time to prep and/or be done. My life is crazy, but not so crazy that I can't afford that time.
Sunday, about 15 hours after finishing Howl at the Moon, I ran 1 mile. It hurt. (no, duh....really!) It took so much mental and physical effort. It took more than 10 minutes. I'm a firm believer that to recover I need to keep moving to stop those muscles from being so sore & tight & to help flush out that built up lactic acid. Monday, I ran 4 miles. The start/beginning was again uncomfortable and it took a lot of effort. After a mile or 2 I began to feel much better. By the end I felt "normal" clipping along at a good pace. Aside from my quads being tight & sore (which I have been doing a lot of stretching to help that) the only thing that really hurts & reminds me that I just ran 45 miles in 8 hours is my big toe. That only really bothers me when I put enclosed shoes on ie my running shoes. My big toe is pretty bruised. It looks dirty, but it's a deep black/purple bruised. The toe nail is completely dead, I'm just waiting for it to fall off. I might help it along & rip it off myself.
This morning I "rested" again and only ran 1 mile. I feel fine, I could do more, but even I know that I need to be taking it easy. For me, this IS taking it easy.
I think I am constantly fueled by the thought and the question, how much can I push myself. How much can I do? No, running 45 miles is not enough. I am capable of doing more, I just know it. Honestly, if it wasn't for the 8 hour cut off I would have kept running. Yeah, I felt that awesome!
Anyway, I'm back in the game. Not sure I really ever left. For now, I'm keeping it easy.