It’s Saturday so that means it’s another addition of Soleful Saturdays here on my blog.
Today’s Theme: Rest/Recovery
I am not a Dr or health professional nor do I play one on TV-lol! Any ‘advice’ given on this post or any post on my blog are purely through experience or noted from referenced references.
Last Sunday, I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (race recap here) and I have been resting this week. I initially thought I would rest for 2 or so days but my body has told me that it needed more time. I usually don’t listen to well to my body but I have become better at listening to it.
Since becoming a racing runner, I have learned few tidbits about my rest/recovery. Thanks Matt Fitzgerald!
I have learned that:
-muscles, tendons, ligaments, and almost every physiological system is challenged when running.
-I need to listen to my body. If it says it could use another day off, take another day.
-not taking enough time to fully recover after racing will often lead to overtraining and injuries.
-not resting for 4-7 days will have little negative impact on my current fitness and that my long term gains will surely outweigh any temporary reduction.
-I should get a massage after my races. I haven’t but I know I should.
-highest priorities in terms of recovery should be initiating muscle repair, restocking muscle glycogen stores, and rehydrating. I have read this as phase one of post-race recovery, with phase two of post-race recovery-where the emphasis is on the return to training.
-cross-training is a great way to maintain fitness without slowing the recovery process in the first few days after racing.
Do you have rest/recovery rituals? What have you learned about rest/recovery? Do you take run breaks after races?