Training: Cut Back Week
Looking back at my schedule I needed a recovery week. It worked out well because honestly my body was exhausted from the RNR Half Marathon. This week I have been eating a slice of humble pie because it takes far more time to recover from half marathons then 5ks. With the exception of todays race, I ran all of my runs easy. To be honest I missed the track! It’s funny how my interests and focus with running has changed.
Gone are the days where I slog easy for every run.
This was essentially one of those easy weeks and I hated it! An easier week was necessary because the half marathon broke my body down pretty hard.
I rested Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I ran easy. I didn’t concern myself with time or pace.
I also got a deep tissue massage on Tuesday which really seemed to help my legs. It was extremely painful because my calves were so tight but it was exactly what I needed. By Friday I felt a lot better.
On Saturday I worked a local high school race “The Cherokee Challenge”. Over 3500 kids competed and it was a lot of fun to see some of the kids I help and talk too “in their running zone”. It was exhausting just watching.
On Sunday (today) I did decide to run the “Run the Vineyards” 10k. The course itself went through both Peach and Grape orchards. It was absolutely beautiful and was similar to a cross country or trail race. There were a few pavement areas but it was mostly around the Vineyards and grass. It was a nice change of terrain. I haven’t raced on cross country or trails since the Run for the Hill of it 5 Mile race. I ran a 40:55 and placed second female overall! Honestly that would have been a fast race for me if it was all road but it was almost all cross country. It definitely motivated me and I’ll have a recap soon.
I don’t have a lot to report since recovery miles are boring. They were easy and uneventful. The weather was hot and humid so I was glad to take my recovery week this week as well.
I’ll be hopefully getting back into routine and getting a track workout in. I miss track!
Questions for you:
How long do you take to recover from half marathons?
When I race them more frequently I recover faster…imagine that!
What is your favorite type of run to do (track, tempo, LSD (long slow distance)?
For me it used to be LSD but I think it might be the track right now!