I don’t know why I expect my body to just bounce back right after a race because in real life it always takes me about a week or so to feel normal again. In my strange brain I just think that if I take a day off, do some easy running and foam roll then I will magically be recovered and ready to hit some hard paces again. Not the case. I was reminded of this again today on my 6 mile run.
About 25 minutes into the run I found a bench, a water fountain and some shade and parked myself there for a bit. For the rest of the run I continued to take random breaks because I was just so beyond tired. I called my coach right after the run and long story short—> I’ll take the next two days completely off and go from there. Nothing is injured… I just felt wasted from the start of the run until the end of the run. There is no point physically or mentally to push through the fatigue at this point because that is when injuries (and a heck of a lot of frustrations) happen.
I don’t think I was ready to run a 1:21 half quite yet but I did anyways (there is something about races that just make me GOOOOO). Now I just need to be super smart about everything so that I can get back into training healthily during these next few crucial weeks of marathon training.
Everyone is so different when it comes to race recovery. Some of my friends are back running right away and some take a good amount of time again to feel like their normal runner selves. I love having a coach because we can take our recovery plan day by day for the next little bit to figure out when I am ready to go again.
Don’t get down on yourself if it takes you some time to get back into training after a race. There are so many factors that go into recovery and sometimes it just takes your body extra time to feel good again out on the roads. Listen to your body’s warning signs and if you really killed it in your race… then expect to take a good amount of time off afterwards.
Brooke loves to hide from me whenever she hears the garage door opening when I get back from a run. She thinks she is pretty hilarious once I find her.
Don’t have a foam roller handy? Just grab a rolling pin:) My mom told me that she got this rolling pin at her wedding—> 44 years ago!!!!
You can also have your daughter crawl up and down your legs to replace going and getting a massage;)
Brooke and I had some errands to run and while we were out we bumped (ha, get it) into my favorite trail running buddy, JESS. Her baby is due any second now and I am anxiously awaiting meeting him and being able to run with her again (I’m selfish, I’ve just missed our runs together so much).
The Janae Special for lunch. Steamed broccolettes, sweet potato, rotisserie chicken with bbq sauce and salsa and of course watermelon.
I have fallen in love with the medal from the race on Saturday. All of these words are part of my definition of running too.
Here is my playlist from the race!! It isn’t a super long one so I just listened to it on repeat.
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Bird Song by Florence + The Machine
‘Till I collapse by Eminem
Carry You Home by Zara Larsson
Say Geronimo by A Single Pill
Let Your Heart Go by T.I.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Hard Knock Life by JAY Z (random, I know)
Pain by Jimmy Eat World
Faint by LINKIN PARK
Story of My Life by One Direction
Immortals by Fall Out Boy
Trouble by Iggy Azalea
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
I have even more questions than normal for you today:
Married peeps—> how long have you been married?
How long do you usually take to recover from a race? How many days do you typically take off?
What do you do with your race medals? Display them or store them?
Who has a running coach currently or in the past?
What veggie do you eat most often?