Monday, May 30, 2016

Listen to Your Body:
The Importance of Recovery
After a Race

I was so naive.

I thought I would be able to go from half-marathon training to marathon training with just a few days off. I had been training five days a week for 12 weeks, so I didn't think it'd be a problem. But there was a flaw in my plan: My body decided it needed a break.

My calf had a sharp pain when I walked or ran. My shoulder was still uncomfortable, though the pain had subsided. I took four full days off and then tried Orangetheory to see how it would go. I immediately felt the pull in my calf. I stuck to walking during base runs and jogging during push paces. It was clear I was not ready to get back into it, but I did enjoy the weight room portion of class. 

The next day, my friend who has a background in physical therapy in the sports arena assessed my situation. She worked on the knot she found in my calf for a while, which hurt so good. Afterward, I immediately felt relief. It was not completely gone, but I'm hoping a couple of days of yoga and light stretching will bring me back to normal. 

In addition to taking it easy exercisewise, I have been using Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Chamomile. It was sent to me because I won the brand badge contest (along with other products) after participating in the Cheers Vox Box campaign from Influenster. It's been a nice way to unwind and find some relief this week, because I've yet to mention that we also have been finishing up our move. It's been exhausting. 

I am really excited to begin marathon training for the Chicago Marathon when my body tells me it's ready. I still have time to do a complete 16 weeks of training for the race, so I am not worried about time off. I plan to try yoga in the meantime and perhaps taking it easy at Orangetheory.

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