Yesterday, as the sun slipped over the horizon, I headed out for my run, planning to plod along the winding trail along the Red River and turn around at Lindenwood Park.
While I fared well the first few miles, it soon proved to be an exhausting adventure. Expecting snow-packed trails, I wore a pair of trail shoes. Before I reached halfway it turned out to be a bad decision, with my feet taking a pounding.
And I still hadn’t properly recovered from my 11-mile effort Friday, so nearly 13 miles on Sunday proved to be a test for my still recovering legs.
The experience, though, prompted me to pick up one of the books in my home library: Performance Nutrition for Runners. It’s a terrific book looking at a lot of performance topics. While it does address diet and eating habits, it’s not too technical and really takes a big picture view at how runners can improve performance. It’s also the book that gave me a terrific pre-marathon carbo-loading plan.
However, I never finished reading the book, so last night I began flipping through the pages. The authors talk about some important guidelines to recovery, specifically post-workout, with a heavy emphasis on fueling your muscles and getting enough sleep. This prompted me to think about my own marathon training before Surf City, and I definitely have room to improve. While training last year for Grandma’s and Chicago, I made post-workout recovery – particularly after my speed sessions – a habit. Unfortunately those same habits didn’t carry over as well as they should have while training for Surf City.
So as I’m looking to recovery from the marathon and map out my spring racing plans, I realize that I’ve got my work cut out for me.
After today’s 5-miler, at a pedestrian pace, I found myself drinking a recovery shake. It’ll take time but hopefully those dead legs will come around by the time heavy duty training and speed workouts begin.