You know, I've heard people say, "Running a trail ultra is easier than running a road marathon." Liars. The whole lot of them, I tell ya. If I ever said that to anyone before, I'm sorry for deceiving you. It was unintentional. I was only repeating what liars had said to me.
I mean no disrespect to the marathon by saying that. I'm not saying that a marathon is easy. However, here's a little simple math for you. 31 > 26.2. And some logic to go with it. Rocks, roots, and mud are more difficult to run on than asphalt. Hilly (~6900 feet of elevation change) is more difficult than flat (~600 feet of elevation change). If you truly race both, I just don't see how the longer, hillier, more technical race can be easier.
I wanted to nap Saturday afternoon, but my legs hurt too badly. I wanted to sleep Saturday night, but I could not get comfortable. My legs hurt. Really, my whole body hurt. I wanted to nap Sunday afternoon. You guessed it. Sore. Last night, I finally got some sleep. I woke up this morning and did an easy 5 miler (9:40 pace). It was the most miserable easy run I've ever done. I do feel better after the run, though. I should have done that yesterday.
But to quote Proverbs (and a good buddy of mine) "...I will seek it yet again..."