I started writing this post early this morning. I was halfway done and naturally I didn’t save it before my site went down. Because it’s Monday, so of course right?! Let’s try this again, Monday!
Even with three weeks off of 10k training, I picked it right back up last week and things have been going well. My long run last week was 4.5 miles. I had a power snack when I was done, lots of water and some Arnica tablets. I was very sore that day and quite sore the next day, too. This week’s long run was 5 miles and it went much better than I expected. I battled major soreness during the first mile and thought, “There’s no WAY I’m going to make it five miles!”
Then something awesome happened. My muscles responded to the movement. I loosened up and had a liberating personal achievement during mile 2. For the first time in my life, I ran an entire mile without needing to take a quick walk break. Then in mile 3, I only needed to break after running up two steep hills. It felt amazing. I have not noticed any changes in my body composition, but I realized that my body is making great strides in endurance.
I still hit the wall after 3.2 miles, but at 4.5 I started to feel good again. This time I decided to take the advice of distance runners and do the ice bath for five minutes. When my legs hit that ice cold water my initial thought was, “ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY?!” But then it started to feel good, and I’m much less sore today.
There’s one month left until our 10k! After that latest long run, I feel like I can tackle my first 10k with confidence. Then it’s on to half-marathon training!
Are you a distance runner? What are your recovery tips?