It has now been 4 days since the Cherry Blossom 9.4 miler, and my body is on its way toward recovering! I was not in any shape to run on Monday, and I respected my body’s wishes. Tuesday rolled around, with its gorgeous 70 degree weather – and I needed to be out running! I was also aware that I needed to take it easy, as I had really beat up my muscles with racing w/o training, so a short slow run was my plan.
Apparently my legs didn’t agree… I got out there, and the body wanted to move.. I kept trying to slow down – but the gorgeous weather was telling me to speed up! (Well except for the breathing part.. that part wasn’t happy!) I finally decided to give the body what the body wanted, and went as fast as my tired little legs wanted to move. I’m still not sure that a sub-8 minute average for my 2.5 miles counts as a “recovery” – but I won’t lie. It felt awesome (and tiring)!
I was bound and determined that this would not be the story two days in a row. I headed out on a four mile loop (figuring a loop would be harder to change the distance on, thus forcing me to keep a reasonable pace.) It seemed to work better, although the tired-ness of my legs and having to dodge traffic might have been a factor in the slower mile 1 and 2 times. You see my loop leads along a road that has NO sidewalk and NO shoulder. When a car comes at me, I jump off of the road on to the soft dirt/grass, wait for it to pass and go again. Last night the road was exceptionally busy,so there was a lot of jumping off the road!
No complaints though, as it gave my legs the opportunity to rest for a few heart beats. The speed obviously went better, as I didn’t feel like my legs were going to fall off as I hit the 2.5 mile marker!
Now, after all of the running in the last 5 days, I can tell you my legs are sore today – so it will be a no-run day. Perhaps a nice swim at the gym.. or an upper body workout.
Regardless, tired or sore – I’m still feeling good. I find it amusing how good it is to get back to a work-out routine!
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