Training: Racing and Recovery
I’ve been logging a lot of speed work and high mileage lately. It is no wonder why my legs have felt fatigued. I haven’t had a recovery week in a while. This week I nixed my trip to the track and did easy runs with the exception of a 5k.
I woke up on Monday feeling tired and sore. My legs felt the last two weeks of training. I knew immediately it was time to focus on a recovery week. Plus, we were traveling to see my in-laws so it made sense.
|Monday:||OFF + Deep Tissue Massage|
|Tuesday:||10 mile run with my father in law and Tim|
|Wednesday:||10 mile run with my father in law and Tim|
|Thursday:||1 hour AMT|
|Friday:||10 mile run|
After waking up on Monday with sore legs, I booked a deep tissue massage instead of running. I was lucky they had same day appointments. It was a different women than I usually go too but she did a great job. My IT band and calves were sore and I needed someone to loosen those up. I felt sore most of the week but have the deep tissue massage helped to loosen everything up.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I ran with my husband and father in law. PA is much hillier than I’m used too but I enjoyed the change of terrain. We ran easy and enjoyed the sights. There was nothing too interesting about the runs but great conversation.
I took Thursday off from running as well. I decided to cross train on the AMT. I haven’t been as good about cross training as I would like. When I take two days off from running I try to cross train one of the days…however if I take one day off from running, I like to take complete rest instead!
Saturday was a fun race. We have been having a really busy week at work so I spent about 20 hours on my feet between Thursday and Friday. My legs were definitely fatigued from that too. I have a huge respect for waitresses! That being said, we enjoyed racing down in Delaware again. My husband was fast enough to win a year supply of Panera bread! I’m happy with how the race went for me despite being tired.
I have to say I missed the track but I know this was a better idea for me to take an extra day off! I’ll be back next week when my body is more recovered! While I took an extra day off from running, I have been on my feet a lot. That definitely played a role in running.
I’ll have a much easier week so I’ll be able to get back into training. This week made me realize how many outside factors can affect your running. I plan to focus more on sleep and hopefully get back to the track!
Questions for you:
What is the coolest race award you have won?
What outside factors affect your personal running?