Monday, October 11, 2010

3 mile recovery run

"You don't stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running." --Dipsea Deamon

I usually don't run on Mondays. I think there are many people that don't run on Mondays, but they should. The vast majority of us do our weekly long runs on the weekend, or at least a good chunk of mileage on the weekend. I am no different. I ran 9 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday for a total of 27 for the weekend. Most of us are so stiff and sore from the weekend that we just sleep in and take Monday off. What we should be doing is a recovery run or at least cross training. The recovery run, although usually stiff and slow, will do just that, help you recover buy increasing blood flow to the same muscles that are tight and sore, thus helping flush out all the crap and restore a normal homeostasis.

So today I got out for a 3 mile recovery run. It was slow, not quite a shuffle, but close to it. It should be at least two minutes slower than marathon pace. I was actually suprised how I felt. Symmetrical soreness, a phrase I came up with for normal post hard workout or long run soreness. My run yesterday was nearly twice what I was used to. I am most sore in my calves but they feel equally sore, ok maybe the right is a bit more sore than the left, but they are close. This recovery run will help set me up for better workouts this week.

Keira Henninger had a nice post on her blog about our run yesterday. Thanks again Keira. Looking forward to more trail runs!

Here's a nice article about Joan Benoit Samuelson's race at Chicago. She's AMAZING!

Michael Wardian (world record holder for the marathon while pushing a baby in a baby jogger), just won the Hartford Marathon this weekend in 2:24:38. Why is that so amazing, well it is his 6th marathon victory this year and he was 11th at Twin Cities last weekend in 2:21:13!

"That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is." --Kara Goucher


claypatten said...

Great Post Karl! Never stop running!

Chuck said...

Glad to hear that you felt good on your 3 mile recovery run. It seems like you are completely recovered from your right calf issues.

I really enjoyed reading Keira's blog. Thank you for providing the link. I wish that my knee would allow me to run on trails. Where you guys ran sure sounds beautiful!

The opening quote in your post is very fitting after reading the article about Joanie's race in Chicago. She is ageless and fearless! At the age of 53 she goes out and runs the first half of the marathon in 1:21:50 and then hangs tough in the heat to close with a 1:26. Amazing!

Michael Wardian and his wife parked their mini-van next to me at the Route 66 Marathon. I had the opportunity to speak with them as we walked over to the start area. The thing that I have always enjoyed about the sport of distance running is how supportive and friendly everyone is. He asked me about my running and we spoke about his goals and accomplishments.