While I am recovering from the half this past Sunday, I am also preparing for my second 5k of the season this coming Sunday.
It almost seems cruel to my legs to throw them right back into racing so soon but I just could not pass up this race for a few reasons -
1. Sunday's 5k is a female only race
2. It's a flat course where I set my PR last year
3. And I honestly like the 5k race distance
Monday and Tuesday were definitely rest days for me. I just did not want to jump back into running too quickly. Wednesday I went to the gym to make myself get on the elliptical before attempting an easy run. My left leg still felt a little tight so I stretched and foamed rolled all night while catching up on a bunch of episodes of Biggest Loser.
Thursday the weather was too nice to have a rest day. We don't get too many cloud-less sunny days around here so after a little wedding appointment I was home and in my running clothes. The hamstring/left leg still felt tight but I managed a quick workout with 4x400m at 5k pace.
Other keys to recovering and racing in the same week:
1. Get extra sleep
2. Resist the urge to over eat
3. Drink lots of water
Even thought I knew I would need extra sleep this week, my body has been reminding me by falling asleep on the couch way before my bedtime. Plus I have been avoiding my morning runs for the sole purpose of getting in the extra sleep.
I guess we will see how Sunday shapes up! In the meantime, it seems that Spring has finally arrived!