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January 20, 2010

Recovery Run Love?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:03

Ummm so I love the fact that after I posted saying how much I love the support I get from you guys that LOTS of you told me that you love me.  Well maybe not quite like that but I was feeling the love! So thanks again and you guys ROCK 🙂

It’s Wednesday (?!) so that means recovery run day! I think I’m slowing beginning to enjoy the recovery run as the training programs moves along.  Partly because I’ve been shown great results when it comes to the quality workouts I’m doing and partly because it’s nice to just let go of pace.  It’s mentally taxing to constantly be worried about hitting a pace.  And the longer I’ve been doing these types of runs the less judgmental I am.

Like today.  I set out on a nice 6 mile loop and just went.  Yes my legs were a little cranky from yesterday’s killer workout but I didn’t feel the need to pressure them into doing something faster than they wanted.  And I didn’t feel like I was running all that slow or anything either. Granted when I finished up that loop and saw just in fact how slow I was running, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit appalled. But I pushed it from my mind and my next 4 mile loop, while faster sure, didn’t feel any faster.

This tells me that I’m letting my body respond to my workouts and tell me what it needs.  This is fabulous.  Since my plan has me doing 3 quality workouts a week I’ll stop my schpiel there and refer you to an interesting article I found the other day on recovery runs.

As I’m sure you noticed my mileage was yet again double digits (double digit streak = 38 days. running streak = 59 days).  While I have no problem with this as long as my body holds up my muscles are starting to tighten and rebel.  I’ve responded by stretching more (!).  Now it’s not much, only about 20 minutes a night the past few night, but it’s a start.  I’ve lost so much flexibility that it’s a bit discouraging to do but I know that tight muscles =/= injuries. So I’m working to increase my flexibility to keep my muscles loose and avoid nagging aches and pains.

Lately my left foot has been acting up and last week my right achilles was.  Preventative stretching and strengthening have made that go away so I’m hoping to do the same with the foot.  At first I was thinking plantar fasciitis but my pain isn’t in the heel at all.  It’s in the middle third of my foot and the tightness radiates up through the big toe.  In fact I can feel the “pain” (which it’s not pain per se but more acheyness) best when I try to flex my big toe and when I do a standing calf stretch.  It’s gotten better as I’ve stretched out more so I’m hopeful that it’s not a big deal.

I also did another full body lifting session today.  I think I might hit 3 sessions this week again! Luckily there were no sports teams there today which was great.  It definitely made it a lot less crowded.  I’m extremely happy with my level of strength, like I say a lot haha, but I’ve noticed that by lifting the way I have my arms are able to carry be through the hard workouts like yesterday.  During the intervals I was incredibly thankful that my arms are as strong as they are.  As well as my legs, abs etc. It also feels good to have the prissy girls on the elliptical (and I can’t wait to create a gym crazies post at some point) kind of stare at me all bug eyed and the guys stare with a sort of respect.  I tend to then adapt a “hell yeah I’m a BAMF” attitude that just fuels me through the rest of the workout.

The rest of my day is going to be pretty lazy. So I’m going to go start that now 🙂

Also be sure to check out Tricia’s giveaway. And Meg’s.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!



  1. Upper body strength training sooo correlates into running. It’s funny, cause you wouldn’t put the two together, but it’s made a huuuuge difference in my running.

    Comment by Liz — January 20, 2010 @ 15:15

  2. Haha, you are a BAMF! Those elliptical prissys can shove it up their too-tight yoga pants!

    Comment by Kathleen — January 20, 2010 @ 15:43

  3. wow that is an incredible double streak you’ve got going on!!!!!!

    bad news- i don’t think i’m running the hampton half. i realized i am dog-sitting and that is full day 1 so i would feel bad leaving the dog.

    i’m contemplating taking a non-running recovery day but then i come here and read your post and it sort of makes me want to go run 🙂 hehehe. we’ll see though i have to go shopping for a suit or at least something classy to wear to my first grad school interview… on friday… ah! our run sat will be an awesome way to unwind from that stress… and hopefully celebrate. crossing fingers!

    Comment by Lacey — January 20, 2010 @ 15:48

  4. Sounds like you might need one of those “rest days” 😉

    Killer run today! I love the double digit streak! I had one over the summer and it was about two months long!

    Comment by Matt — January 20, 2010 @ 16:09

  5. That’s the best thing about going to the gym when it opens at 6:30- only old people and foreign grad students are there.

    Comment by EarlyRunner — January 20, 2010 @ 16:35

  6. Double digit streak? I’m not sure I’m worthy to post comments to your blog. 😉

    Comment by EE — January 20, 2010 @ 16:44

    • No you totally are wicked worthy. I think I recognize a picture on your blog from a past avatar from a RWOL user. And if you’re the same person then I totally want your input/advice/words of wisdom 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 20, 2010 @ 22:28

  7. haha thank u for the “mean” comment!!! 🙂 just for that..I can’t wait for our weather to be ‘perfect’ running weather in a month so that I can brag to u about it!! haha I am soooo joking, well kinda. xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — January 20, 2010 @ 17:58

  8. I love recovery runs. If you can feel the bottom of the foot when you stretch your calves, keep stretching the calves!

    Comment by runjess — January 20, 2010 @ 18:18

  9. Recovery RUns are great. I can’t wait to start up training with you! Reading your blog gets me so excited. I had foot problems as well…I’m actually finally finding a solution to them since I’ve had the pain in August! In August it was TERRIBLE and I could not walk at all. Then it was only achey (as your describing it). So I was not in PAIN but it was definitely a hindrance during runnning and even sometimes walking. Finally I discovered that I do not have much arch support…particularly in my left foot. So I’ve been using store-bought supports for a week or so now and I got measured for Custom Orthotics. So far, so good! I’m hoping this solves my foot issues for good! Hopefully you just have a little tendenitis.

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — January 20, 2010 @ 18:43

  10. I love you! Ahhh…how did I seem to start off well with running a few months ago and now…not? I feel like crap, no desire, losing it all….tried today and just died after 20 mins…maybe more mental for sure – but yeah even then my legs weren’t having it…and here your on a streak!! And yes, please stretch – remember recovery days and rest are there for a reason – you don’t wait until you CAN’T run and feel like sh*t until you take them – similar to not waiting till your thirsty to drink – by then your already dehydrated…same with those muscles – by then it’ll be a little far gone – and it takes longer to recover. …but stay true to your “recovery ” runs girl and fuel properly…and you know know what to do BAMF…oh and i’m pretty sure that watching 24 and Lost helps with the recovery process…;)

    Comment by eatmovelove — January 20, 2010 @ 20:58

  11. How important are the streaks to you? Remember, if 3:30 at Boston is the goal, then listen to your body. Minor aches are normal, but they have been occurring a bit more regularly lately. Rest is your friend.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 20, 2010 @ 21:35

    • Eh. I think I’m just more comfortable talking about aches and pains and stuff lately. Nothing to worry about and I think by “talking” about it I’m much more likely to take preventative measures so that they don’t become injuries. But that’s why I love the blogging community. Totally looking out for me 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 20, 2010 @ 22:30

  12. You are onto so many streaks that I can’t even keep track! I wish I have the endurance, stamina, and energy you do…I run 4 days in a row and I poop out! Yeah, sad…

    Comment by The Laminator — January 20, 2010 @ 23:06

  13. Yes you are a BAMF!!!! Three lifting workouts! I’m impressed! I have totally fallen off the bandwagon and you are motivating me, sister!!!! Great job!

    Comment by triathena — January 20, 2010 @ 23:40

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