The day after a race - do you run or do you rest?
Often I have chosen to rest. After my half marathon in May, I took two days off from running. But yesterday I decided to run even though I had just raced Monday.
And it was well worth it.
My legs were tight, my left hip was sore but once I got going I felt pretty good. I kept the pace pretty easy and enjoyed a leisurely run in the 60F fall weather with my running group. And after the run, I felt less sore and my legs didn't feel as bad as they had before.
Today - two days after the race - I definitely need the rest. It seems like the second day after a race is always the worst for me. I cancelled my run for today (partly due to all the rain we are getting) and pulled on my recovery socks in order to have a good recovery rest day.
Until I got into work - then things became a little different. Most of my collegues know that Brian and I are getting married this weekend, in fact one of the groomsmen works with me. So a few of the guys put together a plan to punish me!
I have to walk around the whole day with a ball and chain attached to my leg. Seems like I might be doing more sitting today than I planned since it is really hard to get around with this thing.