Once I got over the crying sesh from this last long run, I realized that not only was I mentally drained, but physically as well. All around I was trashed. The day after my long run was JWail’s birthday and he requested that we go mountain biking. Surely I couldn’t do a 20 mile run and then blow off a workout on his birthday. Also, I like getting a workout in the day after a long run. Usually it works out the soreness in my legs.
Definitely not this time.
I dragged ass on the birthday ride. My apologies JWail.
Then I took two full days off. Minus walking the dogs. I knew walking the dogs on Sunday that things were not good in the legs. I could feel the soreness walking up hill and down. JWail even asked why I was walking so funny. I was smart and took not one day off, but two.
Today I headed out for 7. I did it. However, the quads and hips were incredibly sore and tight. The type of pain where it hurts to sit down. It’s deep in my muscles and torn fibers are screaming at me.
Needless to say, I will be having a steady date with the foam roller these next few days and it is back to yoga tomorrow morning.
I’m ok, that this recovery is a bit slower. It means that I actually pushed myself. I probably could have stretched more, eaten better, and taken an ice bath right after the long run. There are always things that we could have done more of or better, but sometimes our bodies are also speaking to us and we need stop, for however long, and listen.
Anyone else feeling the pain lately?
Do you push through it?