After Sunday’s Half Marathon, I thought I would need most of the week to recover, but I’m feeling surprisingly good. Yes, the old muscles are still a bit stiff and sore, but energy wise I feel great, so I decided to take myself out for a nice little recovery run this evening.
The temperature was quite mild and there wasn’t much wind to worry about, so I went easy on the layers and headed down to the seafront and the usual 5K route. My plan was to take things fairly easy, using a 3:1 ratio, and to try not to think about my pace.
Although I did check my Garmin a couple of times to see how I was doing, it was nice to just run by feel for a change. After all, the main objective of the run was to simply get out and run.
Of course, I had to give myself something to think about while I was running, so I decided to focus on my form. I’m very aware that when I’m running I don’t seem to lift my legs very much – my left leg in particular often feels stiff, almost like I am dragging it.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the left leg is the one that has had all the injury problems, but I’m not sure if my running style is the result of injury or the cause of it. Either way, I thought it would be a good idea to see if I could even things up a little bit by trying to lift my left heel more as I pushed off.
To be honest, it felt kind of weird at first (I guess it always does when I’m experimenting with form), but after a while I started to get into it and it didn’t feel too bad, so I’ll probably work some more on it and see if it makes any difference.
How do you recover after a race? How long do you wait it before your next run? Have you tried to correct your form and running style to help deal with niggles and injuries? Please share your thoughts in the comments.