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?