Last week I ran The Ring, a lovely 71 mile trail in Northern Virginia.
Monday I woke up and felt like I had been run over by a truck, and then run over again. I took the dogs out for their hike and that helped limber up the legs. My lower legs had a bit of the "cankles" look and I was tired. I took full advantage of my Monday off work and stayed on the couch with my legs elevated, watching house renovations all day long.
Tuesday I was still a bit tired at work, and glad to NOT be running. I still had a bit of DOMS, but I had recovered from the truck run over feeling.
Saturday I went off for a run. It was very hot and humid-at eight am! So I took it easy. The legs felt good, but I was tired on the uphills.
Sunday I felt horrible. I guess I should also explain that on Saturday I also baked a bunch of cookies; brush-hogged some of our property; and painted the huge bookcase in my office. Hence, I overdid it a bit on Saturday. I went shopping on Sunday! That was tiring itself.
I looked up my running schedule for the week, and found, to my delight, that Monday was an OFF Day! Who am I to argue with my schedule?
I also read a couple of articles on marathon recovery. To no body's surprise, sleep is mentioned over and over. The problem is, it is one thing to know you need the rest, it's another thing to actually get it.
There was also a great article on recovery on www.irunfar.com that I would recommend reading!
I took another zero day on Tuesday. Work was stressful and I was not feeling motivated. Today, Wednesday, I'm feeling a little antsy for a run so I believe it's time to get back to it!