My day started with 60 minutes of hot Yoga – stretching, easing out of the tight muscles, and forgiving the lunges that weren’t quite as low as usual. Recovery is a slow process, and this time, I’m being patient. 7 days, no running.
Do I want to run? Today, yes. But I specifically remember cutting my recovery week short back in March because, oh no worries, the legs feel fine. Ergo, they have recovered! Right? Wrong.
I scheduled two 10-mile races in the month of April, both within 5 weeks of the Marathon. “10 miles? Psh! Bring it on!” – the attitude of a winner. I allowed no time to let the marathon-fitness slip away. The race(s) must go on!
FYI – things don’t usually work that way. You probably shouldn’t run 14 miles two weeks after you put your body through 26 for the first time (not saying it can’t be done, though it’s not the best choice for everyone. Seasoned marathoners, hats off to you and your fitness!). And you probably shouldn’t immerse yourself back into the world of racing, immediately, and expect PRs left and right. Tired? I had it.
Result: Totally. Burned. OUT. by the time May rolled around.
Lesson learned: allow your muscles to fully recover.
Taking a week off doesn’t mean I have to be sedentary! It just means I’m giving the legs break from the impact and motion of what they did repetitively for 3 months in training, and 4 hours on Sunday. It just means I can use my time wisely to help them recover and come back stronger – walk, stretch, practice Yoga, ride the bike, and repeat.
Oh, we’re also moving today & tomorrow. I’ll take the 100 trips up & down stairs as a workout, too. Ugh.
On that note, I thought it’d be fun to share a few pictures of the trail that got a Lot of my time over the past 3 months. Every long run, and almost every other daily run (besides maybe one per week), was spent on this graveled path:
The surroundings weren’t bad either:
Perfect scenery & afternoon for a nice walk, so I could show you around. 🙂
How do you choose to recover after endurance events?
Do you set guidelines, or go by feel?