Saturday, May 16, 2009

7 Days Post Marathon

0.25 miles, 9:00ish pace.

Yes, you read that right.  I ran a whole 1/4 of a mile.  I was particularly spent after this race and had absolutely no intention of running anything until Wednesday or Thursday.  Normally, after a marathon I have stiffness and soreness in my hamstrings / glutes.  So, it hurts when I sit or when I  try to stand up.  Not a very good combination.  Although, I do get to complain a lot to my buddies that my ass hurts.  So, that is nice.  But, after the Fargo Marathon, I was really sore in my calves.  They were so sore right after the race that I couldn't really stretch them out for fear of cramping.

However, not to be determined by lingering stiffness, as "scheduled" on Wednesday I went to the gym to try to loosen up my legs.  I cranked out a quick 5 miles on the bike in 20 minutes and headed over to the treadmill feeling pretty good about myself.  There was no pain and I was able to peddle just as fast as I could have wanted.  That is where it went all wrong.

I hopped on the treadmill, set the speed to 9:00/miles and got going.  Little did I know that after 0.1 miles, my right calf and Achilles were screaming with pain.  So, I stopped the treadmill and stretched them out trying to ignore the people who were staring at me after my 'hard' workout of 30 seconds.  Once I felt like I had stretched everything out well enough, I jumped back on looking more determined as ever and again set the treadmill to 9:00/miles.  However, just as before, after a solid 30 seconds my calf hurt enough that I decided to just stop.

I stopped because I didn't want to push it too much and risk injury.  Fortunately, I think that I did and am now back to nearly 100%.  I'm going to test it out with a few shorter runs in my hometown this weekend (HS graduation party).  I'm thinking 3 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.  Hopefully I'll have good luck!


Pat said...

Hopefully, you were wearing your finishers t shirt during this workout. Maybe even the medal.

Enjoy your recuperation. You've earned it.

Michelle said...

Thankfully you avoided anything serious!!

Good going and good call getting off that treadmill!!!

Enjoy your runs this weekend!!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

I hope the weekend recovery runs went well.

Ulyana said...

Take your time! You obviously know not to push yourself right now. You had such a great marathon, to say that you deserve this rest is to say nothing.

Rural Runner E said...

I love the fact that you get to complain about your ass hurting. Take the recoup slowly.