During a race, do you ever know you're going to be sore the next day? That's where my head was at around mile ten of the Buck Ridge Burn. My quads were so fatigued and I knew I was going to be hurting!
Today I'm going to talk about my recovery.
Immediately after the race, I had a pounding headache. I was pretty sure I drank enough water, but maybe not? On the way home I drank a can of seltzer water. My headache went away. When I got home, I stretched, foam rolled my glutes, and had a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, crackers, and extra cheese. It was divine!
I just laid around for the rest of the night and had a hearty dinner!
The next day I was sore, but not as sore as I thought I would be. I did notice my body was very tired. I lifted upper body and did my glute/core exercises. That workout was an effort. Perhaps I should have just gone for a walk or something. As the day went on, I was excited to see that while I felt sore, I didn't feel injured!
After one day of rest, I was in the mood to run! I did a very slow six miler around my hood. It was still sore- perhaps a bit more sore than the day before, but it felt good to work the muscles and get out the kinks.
I'm doing a long run on the trail this coming weekend so I'm going to keep it really easy the rest of the week!