My treadmill run this morning was a little tough. Not because I am sore or tired or because of my newly missing toenail but because I didn’t have 2 million spectators cheering me on and the best views all around me. All I had was that brick wall and outlet box on my side….way less entertaining than my running partner was.
Let’s just say I got a little bored and was wondering where in the world all of my new NYC best friends were?!?!
Better believe I wore my Roxy shirt circa 1999.
I ended up doing 6 miles in about 56 minutes. Gotta be smart on this one…..even though I wanted to go faster, I just can’t let myself….this week and next week are all about recovery.
Speaking of Recovery……I was reading an article in Running Times today (Nov. 2011 issue) called, Long-Run Day Double and the question they were asking was: ‘Can running twice on your long-run days speed recovery?’
I found this article really interesting because usually after my long run I am on my couch and watching 10 hours of Netflix or falling asleep at the dinner table.
This article was talking about how some athletes actually go for a shake-out slow jog for about 20 minutes the night of a 18-24 mile morning long-run. They said that by doing this you can speed up your recovery because the slow jog gets your blood moving which in turn delivers nutrients to your muscles and gets rid of waste products at the same time. Some athletes/coaches truly believe that the JOG after the long run will really help to make your next run and the workouts after your long-run feel a lot better because you have recovered quickly.
Their rule for Long-Run Day Double: GO SLOW….don’t even think about pace or piling on the miles, you are just out there to loosen up your body and as soon as you are finished you need to return back to ‘your recovery program of resting, smart nutrition and rehydrating.’
****The article did note that runners that are RECOVERING from injury, get easily injured, new runners or young runners should not try this.
Greg McMillan (author of the article) said, “The long-run day double is clearly not the usual practice for long runs. But if you’re looking for ideas to take your running to a new level, this may be the one to try.”
I mean I LOVE running but do I love it that much to get out again after a long run?!?! I guess it just depends on your body and how far you want to go with your running goals.
On a random note…..
My niece has yet to change (while at home) out of her princess costume that she got for her birthday. I have never seen a human being curtsey as much as she has in the last two weeks.
Do you ever run doubles? What about after a long-run? Do you think you will ever try this?
-I think for now after a long run I may try going on an evening walk but until I have built my mileage back up, I will be sticking to one run that day.
What was your favorite Disney princess growing up?
-Ariel…..she still is.
What race that you have run had the best crowds and spectators?