I, Janae, promise to take 1 full week off of running (after my Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon) and only do slow, easy runs for the 6.1 days following the full week off.
WHY am I going (actually I am on day 4) on a running fast?
Because I am finally trying to be a little smarter about this whole running thing.
Am I sore? Nope.
Do any bones hurt? Nope.
Do I feel fresh and ready to go out for a beautiful, wonderful trot around the city? Yes.
None of that matters though. I felt like I really pushed it on Sunday and went my fastest (for the shape I am in right now) and so I am going to let my body recover. There is no point for me to go out for a run too soon and just assume my body is recovered and then get injured. I don’t have any races coming up shortly and my bed has been a nice change of scenery from my usual brick wall view from the treadmill.
(Pre-race top 1/2 of my face picture)
From Pete Ptzfinger:
“The common rule of thumb is to take one recovery day for each mile of the race. That sounds simple. What is a ‘recovery day’? Does that mean you sit around with your feet up? Does it mean easy running is okay, but no intervals? No two runners are exactly alike, and the amount of time you need to recover will differ from that of your training partner. Come back too quickly and you risk burnout or injury. Two -time Olympic marathoner Cathy O’Brien comments, “whenever I’ve rushed back too fast after a marathon, I always seem to end up paying for it later.”
Every runner is different and I am going to play it safe and do what I think is best for my body. I have learned my lesson many times that I need more time to recover in order to avoid injury and that is what I am going to do.
Turns out I would rather run long term than keep trying to fit in runs right after a race. +30 IQ points for me.
Even though I am taking a few days off from running for rest doesn’t mean that I am not going to sign up for more races……
My sis and I are all signed up and ready to run the St. George Retreat Half Marathon on February 4th, 2012. The retreat starts on February 2nd and includes all sorts of fun things besides just the race (group runs, sweet swag bags, yoga, pilates and zumba classes and chances to win tons of prizes).
I am just a little excited about this and started my countdown candy jar (there are 56 pieces of candy in the jar and I will eat one every day until we go down to St. George) to the big day. I forgot to mention it is a really big jar….56 king size Milky Ways takes a lot of room.
You should come do it to. Race information is found by clicking HERE.
Mizuno Wave Rider 15 Giveaway HERE!!
Have you ever done an all female race? Who’s going to come run the St. George Retreat with me (I promise there will be dance parties involved).
-I did a century bike ride that was all woman but this is my first all woman running race.
Anyone else on a running fast right now? What was your longest running fast ever?
Did you have a good lunch today? What was it?
-A costco baked potato with cheese and steamed broccoli.