Two recovery runs

by - Friday, May 02, 2008

I decided the smart thing for my very sore legs was to give them some time off after the race and then try to get two nice slow runs in toward the end of the week.

Yesterday I planned to go for a nice easy 4 miles when I got home from work. Being the genius that I am, I thought it would be a good idea to do this run in my old sneakers because I thought they might still have some miles left in them. Bad idea, peeps. The pain started about the half mile mark. Shins, knees, hips, ankles. It was fun really it was. But I kept going because hey I'm smart like that.

When I hit the two miles at the 20 minute mark (Apparently I was flying for me!) I had to stop and walk. Unfortunately the two mile point is a half mile walk back home. So I logged 2.45 miles in around a half hour or so.

Today I learned from yesterday's mistake and wore the new shoes. Ahhh it felt so much better.

Again, I planned for a nice easy for miles. But for some reason I couldn't get myself to slow down the entire time I was running. I logged the first mile 9:30. For me that's blistering. I hit mile two around 19 something. I ran for a little bit more before I had to stop and walk in part because my legs were tired and in part because it was really hot outside and I didn't have water with me.

I did mostly walking for the rest of the time with a little bit of running thrown in. I went 3.87 miles in 42:51. That's not bad for walking from basically mile 2.5 on.

I don't know why all of sudden I can't make myself run slow. I was like screaming at my legs to slow down, but they just wouldn't listen. I mean I'm excited that I can go faster, but I'd like to be able to complete a longer run without having to stop and walk after the first two miles.

Thursday: 2.45 miles, 30 minutes
Friday: 3.87 miles, 42:51

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  1. LOL What recovery run? :P Look at you getting all Speedy Speedster ;D

  2. Hi Jess

    Just getting caught up with you and Congrats on your great LV half! BTW, you had me cracking up laughing about the "chicked" thing. I do find it amusing that you think you went out too fast because it sounds like you actually hung in there pretty well. If not for the funny faces and other energy wasting/ non maximum running efficiency things you did, many more guys might have been uh... chicked?? Lucky for them, I guess.

    Congrats again and best of luck.

  3. I have trouble getting my legs to speed up!
    Take Care!

  4. It's hard for me to fully retire shoes, I keep thinking they will have more miles in them. But once you get that pain then you know.

    Great job getting back to it so soon!!

  5. One thing I never have trouble doing is running slow. LOL.

    You're just getting too fast for your own shoes. ;p

  6. You are getting really fast!! Keep up the good work.

  7. You were flying :-) What's that they say? "Go slow on slow days and fast on fast ones?" I can never seem to get it right :-D

  8. You ARE speedy! Wahoo! Nice job, Jess!

  9. I've never had that problem. For me, slow is the only speed my legs move at.