Race Recovery

>> Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Yeah. I got sucked into watching two straight hours of Boilermaker 2012 footage on TV tonight.

My 5K this weekend didn't quell my racing hunger quite as much as I hoped it would. Not that I've run much since. Usually after a hard race (at least 5K to 15K distance), I take a day or two off and return to running with an easy day.

This time around, it meant a Monday afternoon stroller jog. 3 miles.

Who am I kidding? I don't think there's anything "easy" about stroller jogs. My whole body aches, and I'm feeling muscles (especially in the abdominal region) I haven't felt since before I got pregnant.

In a way, the aches and pains feel good. Like I'm officially BACK with my running. Officially in racing shape again. Or something like that.

Stephen's "recovery" from anything under the half marathon distance, on the other hand, usually involves running a shake-out.

After his 3rd place finish (16:32) this weekend, he headed out on a 10-mile long run. Loved every minute of it, too. He laid off and ran about 20-30 seconds slower per mile than his typical long run pace.

Definitely different styles. There's no "right" or "wrong" way to resume training after a race. I find when I run longer distances, however, I don't race quite as hard . . . so I can usually run the next day and it actually helps me stretch and recover. And when Stephen races distance, he -- again -- does the opposite of what I do and takes a day or two off.

Weird, right?

How do YOU do to recover from races? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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