I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to recover from this weekend’s 100K adventure so, now that I’m no longer walking like a cowboy, I decided to go out for a bit of a run this evening to give the old legs a good stretch.
Because most of my training for the London 2 Brighton Challenge involved walking rather than running, I was a bit concerned about how I would cope with running for a sustained period of time again, but as it turned out it wasn’t too bad.
I headed for the seafront just after 5:00 pm. The weather was a bit drizzly but it was nice and cool, and there weren’t too many people around on the promenade, which was kind of nice.
Despite the fact that I was really itching to get a run in, I didn’t have any problem keeping it nice and slow. In fact, I was surprised at how much my natural pace seemed to have dropped. I’m sure that this is partly to do with my legs still feeling a bit tired, but I also expect that I have lost a bit of pace through my lack of running over the last month or so.
This is something that I will have to work on over the next few weeks as I train for my next 10K, but today was not the day for worrying about the next race. Today was about getting the legs moving, and it worked.
The run itself was short and slow, covering no more than 3 kilometres in 2o:26. I felt pretty tired after it, but I also felt a difference in my legs. They were tired, yes, but the pain and stiffness seems to be easing up so hopefully I’ll be back to running again at the weekend.
How do you recover after a race? Do you go for a run afterwards or rest up completely? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.