Last week’s workouts were less about workouts and more about recovery mode from the Vermont 50k.
Prior to race day, I had planned on taking one whole week off from exercise anyway. But then, the bee stings at around mile 18 happened and that became more of a total rest type of recovery than what I had envisioned.
Monday morning rolled around and I woke up feeling tired. I slept maybe 2 hours total Sunday night. I knew it was coming since I rarely sleep well the night after a race. My ankle/leg was itchy and swollen from the bee stings but nothing too crazy. I was sore, like gripping the banister to get down the stairs, sore. I wisely had planned for the day off from work so I could relax and be a bum all by myself.
When Ron came home from work that evening, he looked at my ankle and promptly said, “Maybe you should get that checked out?”
The swelling was worse. My ankle/lower leg was so puffed out and hard that it felt like it was going to burst. I’d get burning sensations and intense itching fits. I then decided to go to the Walk In Clinic.
The funny thing is that the way it looked ^^^ that night wasn’t even the worst of it. The next day it was worse.
When I walked out of the clinic, I had a prescription for Prednisone and Hydrocortisone and instructions to stay off my foot as much as possible with it elevated for the next day or two.
So my recovery mostly consisted of couch lounging and Netflix watching. By the way, I am so sick of TV.
By Wednesday, the swelling had gone done but was still puffy. I could finally make out some bones in my foot. And amazingly, my muscle soreness was gone. I never felt that good so soon after a marathon. Maybe 50k’s are my thing?
When Thursday rolled around I was feeling good as new. No swelling, no soreness. However, I was still committed to no exercise until Saturday.
3.54 mile run, 8:47 avg/pace
I rolled out of bed Saturday to 33 degrees. Yes, that’s right 33. Thankfully, the sun was out which made a world of difference but it was still c-o-l-d. I was ready to run but I was not ready for the cold temps. It’s too soon!
As much as I didn’t want to, the long tights came out. I thought for sure I had at least another month of shorts. Womp. Womp. Womp.
My legs felt springy for the whole run. I did notice a little right quad soreness but mostly I felt really good. Yay!
6.3 mile run, 8:36 avg/pace
Kyle and I met up for a run so I could give her all the details of VT50k. It was another morning of 30 something degree temps with frost on the ground. The sun was shining and our mouths were running as fast as our legs.
It felt good to run with no plan. I miss that. I’m looking forward to the off season to do whatever I want until I nail down my plans for 2020. I’ve already got some ideas.
How was your week in workouts?
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