This week marathon recovery was always going to be an improvement on last week - it had to be after I struggled so much following the London Marathon with the worst case of very specific quad DOMs I have ever known. Recovery has thus been markedly improved this week, I am definitely still not perfect, and there has still been a fair bit of muscle soreness (caused by non running activities!) but improvement is improvement.
MONDAY: a case of the Bank Holiday blues today. My painful quads meant I did not dare try run again until I had seen my Sports Therapist on Tuesday, so I dragged my sorry self to the gym yet again for some more exercise bike 'fun' and a lot of upper body work.
TUESDAY: much to my relief my Sports Therapist worked her magic hands on my quads today. The muscles were very inflamed and had a lot of fluid in them, so she focused on working the waste product away, and even said I could run that evening! I was nervous running at first and started tentatively, but by the end of my 5 miles I felt free and importantly had no pain, even managing the final three miles at sub 8 min/mile pace. Abs class at the gym after.
WEDNESDAY: 6 miles before Body Pump at the gym. Running felt good, although I could feel my body was a little tired maybe, and I was also very sore in my abdominals from the gym.
THURSDAY: I had bad DOMs today, my abdominals ached dully still, but my arms were once again feeling the effects of my Body Pump return. At least my legs were ok! I made another comeback today to my old favourite Body Attack class - a type of high intensity/plyometric exercise to music. I like to return to Body Attack when I am not training for an event as it keeps me sharp without logging so many miles.
FRIDAY: Rest Day - soreness levels were now at maximum levels following Body Attack, but thankfully my quads were still in one piece so I didn't mind!
SATURDAY: my first time running at Lincoln parkrun since the marathon. I really was not sure what to expect from my legs, and decided just to try and approach the run as normal and see how I coped. I went off fast with my usual gusto and logged a speedy first mile. I struggled towards the end though, not my legs so much, but it just felt like a next level of drive within my body was missing. I hung in as best I could though, helped by a couple of other parkrunners I found myself running with, and we jokingly took in in turns to try and keep us all on pace and drag our weary bodies into the finish funnel. I finished in 21:42 - it was hard but I was happy to be in virtually the same time region as I was pre-marathon.
SUNDAY: a steady 11 mile run, averaging 8:35 min/mile pace. I did not really enjoy this run, it was grey and miserable out, I chose a rural loop and it was so quiet it actually felt quite lonely at times. Not really the euphoric running I have been used to of late, but miles nevertheless... and my quads were fine - hallelujah!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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