Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The hills are alive

With the sound of my quads screaming........

Apologies for the mental image of me in a denim dress spinning wistfully on a German hilltop. Truth is, I’m not sure I could spin even if a Tony Award depending on it. ( Actually, I totally could – and I would nail-it!!!!) After my half marathon this past weekend, my quads, arms(???), and core, are TRASHED. Here is a 100% anatomically correct depiction of where I am sore:
Like looking into a mirror
(At least in my head)

You see, Phoenix is flatter than a middle aged white guy’s ass. There are NO hills along the normal roads in town so doing any sort of hill work requires a 30 minute drive to anything not resembling Jeff Foxworthy’s backside. But, in spite of my lack of training, the race that I ran this weekend had a few pretty decently sized hills that I charged up and down. I was able to get them done, but when I finished my quads were on the verge of cramps for the rest of the race. Quite simply – I need to do more hill work.

Another issue is that I recover pretty slowly from races. So, what that means is that I took off Monday, ran 4 slooow miles Tuesday, and took off today as a precaution. I don’t want to hurt myself but at the same time I want to be able to eat whatever I want and keep my girlish figure……so, I need to get back on the road.

I’m thinking that I’ll get back on the road tomorrow with an hour or so slow and see how I do. And for my next major race, I’ll certainly work to get in more hill time BEFORE the race – not during.

Do you recover well from races faster than Charlie Sheen sobers up?  Or are you like me and need a few more days that normal to step back up to the plate?  I really don't think that I'm doing anything horribly wrong, but probably also need to reevaluate what I am doing after races to put myself on the right foot.

26 comments:

Evolving Through Running said...

The question implies that Charlie ever sobers up .... shaky ground to start with.
I am the poster child for poor race recovery. I make myself feel better by telling myself that means I left it all on the course.

Rose said...

I recovery quickly from races, but slowly from any soreness or injury that's stupidity induced.

Jamoosh said...

Is my ass really that flat...

Recovery depends on a number of factors - I would suspect since you are not used to doing hills that they are a factor this time. But that being said, any time you give a big effort (like in a race) you are bound to need a few days of recovery. Also, a week of light running is not going to hurt you. After my last marathon I just did a bunch of slow recovery runs to loosen things up and then got back into the routine. Of course, I am awesome!

C2Iowa said...

However, I agree with ETR - does he really ever sober up?

Pre-injury - ready to go the next day. However, I have only ran a few races - so everything I say does not count. So there you go.

Kate said...

I'm sorry...I didnt hear anything after that picture. If you want me to listen, try putting the mostly naked ripped guy at the end of the post. Or just send him to my house. Whichever is easier for you.

Adrienne said...

That guy has bigger boobs than me. Depressing.

I seem to take several days after a race (at least the last 2) to get back to "normal"
Hills suck! What works for me is I pick races that don't have any hills. It's a good strategy that seems to work for me.

Luke said...

my recovery has varied race to race. The mroe often i race, the better my recovery. And unlike Charlie sheen, I have never quit recovery before it was done.

Greg said...

I read on a blog just the other day about someone doing thier hill work in parking decks b/c their town looked like Adam's ass. At the time I didn't get the reference, but I did like the idea of running parking decks to simulate hills. Anything to avoid the dreadmill!

RunningLaur said...

I'm hoping to touch on this in a blog post, but you know, might not ever really happen. Anyway, the gist is that I feel like I recovered the best post-marathon so far with this last marathon - maybe I finally did it right or something? I still haven't 'run' but hope to tomorrow.
After the other marathons I didn't really 'take off' but it seemed like a had a pretty big slump for a month or two, which, like, sucks. So don't do that.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I, strangely, do not require recovery time after a race (although I had a stiff hip for a few hours after the last race). I generally run the next day and notice no difference. My muscles are never sore after a race. I have no idea why. My stomach will be upset for a few hours, but my legs are good to go.

Emz said...

I'd like a poster of that picture.

thank you.

Julie said...

I'm afraid I got nothing after the first picture....Did you say something...

Chris K said...

A "few days" is not a long time Iowa. C'mon, you killed that run, not to mention the hills. Coach Jeff would not have let you run until today. Maybe. And, he would have said, "slow, very slow, embarrassingly slow". Then, maybe on the weekend for an hour. Seriously.

RM said...

Adam - its been a few months that I have been following your blog. And I have a blast reading it - your RR, general updates on training, about your baby,.... everything.
You are one heck of a runner... keep at it..
But I agree with Julie... this one was a little difficult to go past the first picture :)

- RM(All the way from India)

Running Through Phoenix said...

Hey!! We have the same mirror!

Jess said...

It depends on the race. You ran a super fast HM; recovery from that speed along probably requires a few extra days of rest.

GeorgiaSnail said...

I agree with everything said before-i couldn't focus after that first picture, wait! that's not right!

You ran a hard HM, you need a good week, maybe two for FULL recovery...a couple days off and some easy running in the first week is to be expected....but what do I know, I didn't even know Charlie Sheen had a drinking problem...are you sure he just isn't taking his "character" really seriously?

The Sean said...

Just let it come back to you... your post race recovery should be similar to that required after long runs/ hard sessions. Though since you went max effort and blew it out of the water, don't be surprised by a little lag. Take Hayden for a walk and relax!!

Pam said...

My legs were sorer longer from the 5K I PRd in two weeks ago than I was from the marathon. Running fast just hurts. But your arms? lol That's just funny.

Emily said...

you ran a sub 1:30 on a hilly course? not fair.

kilax said...

It takes me 2-3 days to recover from a hard race too. But with hills?! WOO-EEE!!! Hills are a bitch. I am surprised you are not more sore ;)

Spike said...

So you recover like Charlie.

Surgery For Weight Loss said...

I usually recover in 20 minutes

Fun Casino Hire Sheffield said...

20 minutes? It takes me 4 - 5 days at least lol.

Wedding Dress Berkshire said...

I usually recover in in 25 to 30 minutes

Andrew Opala said...

Get ready for a stream of comments!!!

First question: when you pick a marathon, how often is the elevation given to you in a file that is worthwhile, like a gpx, kml, tcx. I find all the "professional" (bronze IAAF) races near me have loads of pdfs and images online, but the elevation maps are pretty cruddy (<- canadian for crappy). I tend to go to mapmyrun and do the route there and see what the buggers are hiding. (<- canadian for buggers).

Second Question: ... will be scattered on other posts!