Thursday, June 28, 2012

The lull after a race

Ever wonder what people do after a half marathon? I know they say that you are supposed to rest a certain amount of days. I did that with my first half and the month after I only ran 16 miles. This year I am more motivated to keep the momentum and no lose the running ground I started.

Saturday - After the race I did relax, I did a little walking around Seattle. Mostly from our hotel to the movies and then back to the hotel. Sitting in a movie theather for over 2+ hours not recommended post half. My knee and ankle were not happy.

Sunday - We woke up and picked up the little one from grandma and grandpas and headed home. It was nice to be home and not in full recovery mode. I wish  more races happened on Saturday's instead of Sunday.

Monday - I jumped back into things with a ChaLean Extreme Burn 2 DVD and a spin on my bike. It felt great. My right ankle was a little sore, but since it is mostly an arm workout with lunges and squats inclued my ankle survived the workout.  I did wear my Tommie Cooper ankle sleeve the rest of the day though.

Tuesday - The plan was ChaLean Extreme Intervals and then 3 miles. I couldn't even get 10 minutes into ChaLean Extreme as my ankle would hurt if I pivoted or moved wrong on it. I decided to ice it and wait a while and try to go for a 3 mile walk outside. Less impact.  About an hour after I iced it I head out,  I got to the end of the block and turned around. The pain was probably only a 5-6 out of 10, but I didn't want to injury it more. Tuesday turned into a rest day.

Wednesday - ChaLean Extreme Burn 3 DVD, this workout again is mainly weights and legs (squats/lunges) - the ankle can handle this.  I should have just done this workout yesterday, but I thought of it to late in the evening. After the DVD I hoped on my bike to see if I could at least still ride with minimal pain. No pain during the ride, which is a bonus but I made sure to ice my ankle afterwards anyways.

Whats up for the rest of the week for me -
Thursday - Today my day is busy, lots of stuff to do for work.  I want to try to get in ChaLean Extreme Burn it off and Recharge - I have done this workout before but I don't remember much about it. If it hurts my ankle to much I will just trade it with one of the weight workouts. My 3-day walk plan calls for 4 miles - we shall see how the ankle feels. If I have pain I will switch to the bike.

Friday - Rest Day - I am actually thinking just an easy walk. Distance to by the weather or the Netflixs selection.

Saturday - Foam Fest 5K, this should be a blast and I plan to wrap my ankle to make sure it holds.

Sunday
- Run walk, distance to be determined by the weather. I really would like to do it outside.

Basically my first week after a half, I give myself some wiggle room. Wait, I always give myself some wiggle room, but with another run so close  I need to keep moving - even if the run is just for fun.

How many days do you take to recover after an event?

7 comments:

  1. hey you! we are finalizing our arrangements for saturday. will let you know as soon as i do. did you get the email about getting there early? LOL no, really? ahahahahaha! Team Barely Legal!!!

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  2. I have an ankle that gives me trouble from time to time, too and love my Tommie Copper ankle sleeve.

    I usually go by feel after a race. I walked some Saturday and Sunday, took a piyo fusion class on Monday, ran an easy 4 on Tues, did 30 minutes of bike and 15 of kettlebell yesterday. Was going to run this morning, but slept in instead. Hoping to get a few easy miles in later and some easy miles this weekend.

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  3. Have fun at Foam Fest! I usually give myself a couple days after a half to recover:)

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  4. Well you've done a lot more than I have since that race! I DID dance at the concert though - if that counts for anything?!?

    My recovery seems to vary depending on the course, distance and how hard I ran it. With Seattle I walked around non-stop after the race on Saturday AND Sunday ... then the tedious 6 hour drive home. So it was hard to recover and I didn't do anything exercise related until last night!

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  5. well sounds like a busy post-race week! crazy lady!! I think I took like four days off after my half...I was pooped! Of course I wasn't trained enough and didn't go into it, rocking that half but next time things will be different and hopefully I can have a post-week like YOU!!!!

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  6. You rocked it this week! I have pretty much done nothing all week! I definitely definitely need to get back on the wagon! Thanks for The motivation!

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  7. Goodness, you've been busy but it all sounds like fun. Glad to hear you are enjoying your workouts.

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