My costume has been a success at school today except for when I had a group of students chasing me down the hall with chairs (no one had a bat) to hit me to get all of my candy.
Billy is a lucky man. I forgot to tell you that we also had streamers all over the back of us and on our arms and they looked awesome flying in the wind as we were running during our race.
Billy and I are both really sore after our half this weekend. I don’t think it would have mattered how fast or slow I ran the dang thing, my legs were not ready for all of that downhill running. We are both experiencing a major case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
We have been really loving and mature to one another and we try to push firmly in the areas that the other person is most sore (for both of us, it is our quads). Billy really enjoys pushing me back down as I am trying to stand because it takes a lot of work with my exhausted quads to get up and it is quite disheartening to have to try to do the whole standing up thing again.
Turns out I need to be fully recovered by SUNDAY (just shooting to finish the marathon, not to race) and so I am doing everything I can to get my legs back……..
1. Glutamine: “Glutamine may be the most important amino acid in the recovery process. Glutamine stimulates muscle protein synthesis and preserves skeletal muscle mass. There is good evidence that supplementing the diet with additional glutamine can enhance muscle performance.” (Source)
I have been too cold to drink chocolate milk the last few days so I just make hot chocolate milk and add my glutamine to that (ps it doesn’t taste like anything). You can find it on my GEAR PAGE.
Milk also contains the right mix of protein and carbs to rebuild those tired muscles, plus you have to admit (okay, not everyone) it is pretty darn delicious.
2. Compression socks.
Fun fact: I have worn my compression socks since Saturday night and I am still wearing them as we speak. Good thing that the boots that I wore to church yesterday almost covered up all of my socks…I only had a few people stare and think ‘what in the world is she wearing.’
Compression socks help to deliver more oxygen to muscles, remove lactic acid faster and stabilize that lower leg of mine to help me from not falling multiple times a day. Plus, I think they look me look more hardcore and retro at the same time.
3. Foam rolling and the stick. That face is not made up…that is pure pain. Great videos HERE on how to use your foam roller. Using the foam roller or the stick is a lot like getting a deep tissue sports massage without spending my hard earned money on something other than finding the best pizza that NYC has to offer this weekend.
“When you tear your muscles — the result of working hard during your training sessions, and the reason soreness occurs — muscle fibers shorten and scar tissue is formed with minor soft tissue injury. Using the foam roller is your answer to that pain, and can be incorporated into your warm up or cool down.” (Source)
4. Rest! Good thing because I am also tapering right now and getting as much sleep as possible because lets be honest, I will be too busy having fun in NY to sleep……B$ and I got 9 hours of sleep the last two nights and I feel real good about that.
5. Drink lots of water. Okay, I don’t know if that is correct but water always seems to solve a lot of problems and will probably help my muscles recover speedy.
What have you found to help your muscles recover FAST?
Have you had any Halloween candy today? What?
-A Twix, Twizzlers and Starbursts. Tomorrow is usually the day that I get more candy….aka stealing my students trick-or-treating candy.
Have you had any hot chocolate this season?
-I think I started drinking it in the end of August this year and I will drink it daily until the end of May.