Workouts that week:
I might've pushed a bit too hard in the Y2Y Half Marathon. With races, elites may not push 100%, if the race isn't PR material, and the main thing is to win. It's more tactical. Some are against giving anything less than your best, but I can understand the tactical approach, too. You can only empty the piggy bank so many times effectively. You can do lots of 85% races and recover quickly, but a 100% race will take you out for a while. I pushed hard in this one, because it was fun front-running, and I didn't want to risk losing it. Ends up I had a good time cushion, so I didn't have to push that hard, but I wasn't looking back to see if anyone was chasing.
Sunday, Apr 27, day after the race:
My inner thighs and hammies and calves were sore, but I felt good enough to do a Zombies, Run game. It ended up being good for flushing out my legs, with decent chases, too. 4.5 in 39:50, 8:56 ave.
Tuesday - my right bursa started hurting during the afternoon at work, for some reason, and I couldn't walk without limping. This is when I figured that I had overdone it at the race. I decided to sleep earlier than normal, got 11 hours, and hoped that the sleep would heal it. Foam rolling seemed to help a wee bit.
Wednesday, Apr 30
Did a 1-hr strength session. Right bursa was feeling mostly better today, although my right back was very tight all day. The strength session seemed to help a little bit.
Thursday, May 1
This recovery run was cardiovascularly harder than it should've been, up until the last couple of laps. Felt kind of "bleh" in the morning and wondered if I was sick (I wonder that a few times per year, although I only get sick once every 4 or so years). Still did Zobies. 5.1 in 46:01, 9:01 ave.
Friday - legs too worn to run. Would've run otherwise.
Saturday - MS walk and company picnic.
Sunday, May 4, Spartan 300 Workout
Drove 1.5 hours. Got my "I'm training for a Spartan Race" t-shirt, found a shady spot to do my exercises.
(The Spartans are coming!)
The workout consisted of: Running in place, jumping jacks, burpees, military pushups, wrestler pushups which are pretty cool, a bunch of walking lunges that left me hobbling for a couple of days, animal moves (gorilla, inchworm, bear crawl, seal), high knees, front/back jumping jacks, running. In total, we supposedly did over a hundred burpees.
Afterwards, to get in some miles for the weekend, I ran around the Saluda Shoals park where the workout was held. I had driven 1.5 hours, so might as well take advantage of it. I went 4.4 in 48:33, 11:05 ave. You can tell the workout sapped my running speed/strength.
It was a good workout. Lots of fun. An encouraging atmosphere, with everyone cheering each other on. Good workout leader. Would make the 3hr roundtrip and go again.
Monday-Tuesday - I was walking around work, as if I had done a marathon the previous day.... actually, it's probably worse DOMS than what I've experienced in a marathon. I think it was all of the walking lunges. It was like rigor mortis was setting in. My body was craving cardio by Tuesday, though.
Wednesday, May 7
Body started loosening up today. I could almost walk normally and finally go down stairs again. I figured that I'd run super slow outside. It went surprisingly well, though, and I could even manage the zombie chases. 6.0 in 53:53, 8:55 ave.