Slower Than I’d Like

I haven’t run since Saturday’s half marathon. That is driving me a little batty!

The trouble is my recovery is going a little slower than I’d like.

  • I managed to get a giant blister that covered the entire bottom of my right big toe during the race. So that took a couple days to feel better.
  • After plugging in my Garmin, I realized that I had about 2400 total feet in elevation drop… most of that happening over a few miles early in the race before moving into rolling hills. No wonder my quads are still aching.
  • I also discovered I ran 7:45 – 8:15 minute miles over that first 7 miles… which is SCREAMING fast for me. Yowzers…
  • An ice bath probably would have been in order for this race, but the hotel didn’t have a tub. It just had a stall shower. I tried running cold water over my legs, but it’s just not the same.

I was hoping to run today. I had planned to go on a run tonight. But I’m trying to convince myself that it’s okay to take another day off since I’m still feeling pain. I’ve been on several walks, I’ve done yoga… it’s not like I’ve turned into a complete sloth.

I just have to tell myself, “What would you say if this information came from a client you were coaching? You’d tell them it’s okay to get their recovery in and that they won’t lose their fitness from taking it easy this week.”

But it’s still hard… 🙂

16 comments

  1. Those are freaking fast miles there, Jill, holy shit! No wonder your quads are killing you now! And hey, you tried your best for the ice bath, not your fault the hotel didn’t have a tub. ;-(

  2. No wonder you puked! I’m not even sure I’m up for running a 10K that fast!

    I agree with everyone else…including your own coaching voice (not to mention your mother)…go ahead and rest. Remember, that it takes approximately two days race mile to recover. You have three weeks to get back up to speed. Take your time.

  3. Adding my voice to the chorus! Walking and doing yoga is most definitely NOT turning into a complete sloth. It’s a sign that you’re taking your body’s need to recover into account, which is just good sense. 🙂

  4. it is hard… but resting a few more days won’t kill ya. the running addiction is strong, and you know you want to be back at it 100%, not 88%. give yourself a little more time to shake the post-race aches; you’ll survive! keep up the active recovery but don’t stress about mileage yet.

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