As I am thinking about the PEE on Saturday and how to get through 24 hours of "run and fun"!
Recovery hits me full on as a huge challenge for marathoners let alone 24 hour'ers (?) and how to recover during the run and afterwards also.
If you don't stop at all, just kept chugging along, there are no breaks, but still recovery is essential and probably involves using different muscles and that doesn't mean doing hand stands along the trail !!
By varying the type of shoes maybe you can alter the way you run slightly to save muscle damage to the same muscles. I am not sure that this would work too well, so other methods of recovery must include taking brief breaks from running by walking or even walking backwards for short periods (in the dark ?).
Icing the legs and glutes will also help with muscle recovery with a portable ice bath and Epsom salts or a nice river! The ice restricts blood flow, numbs aches and pains and then afterwards allows a flushing of the system as good blood floods in.
Compression, about which a lot has been written and discussed lately. Compression also promotes the movement of nutrients back into the legs and feels good too.
Elevating the legs while resting during these short breaks might also prevent pooling of blood in the lower extremities and all combined should allow for decent revovery in the 30 minute windows I am allowing myself.
Of course nutrition timing and content are critical and we will look at these issues tomorrow.
Taper well dear friends...