Rejuvenated and Refocusing – Sort of

Monday and Tuesday I lay on the couch and hobbled around like everyone else after the Vancouver Marathon. Wednesday I started to refocus so I went for a short run. It ended up being a very slow and short run. My downhill legs still had stabbing pains in them. But by Thursday I felt rejuvenated and looking forward to the next big one.

I’ve been riding my bike to work this week and it is helping to stretch out those muscles. I’ll be keeping it slow and short for a while yet, but my brain is already shifting gears. I can’t wait until the next one. (Did I already forget how awful I felt during the race? That was quick!)

This post-marathon recovery is tough. Everything hurts for way too long after. When the pain in the legs starts ebbing, you realize that other things hurt that you didn’t know were hurting. Like my shoulders. They sure were stiff on Tuesday, but I hadn’t noticed them on Sunday or Monday. I guess they wanted a little of the pity party too but had to wait until the quads and the calves calmed down a little first.

The lesson is that recovery week is not all smooth sailing. One of the keys is to have patience and to keep the feet up.

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Can’t trust every bridge, and you can’t trust every muscle during recovery week.
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Recovery is not a smooth uphill battle. Everything is trying to trip you up.

Happy Recovery!

Let’s Race! Calendar of Events in Calgary Area

Need a tune up race before the big one? Spring is always full of running races. Make sure you try out at least one this spring and earn some bling. It doesn’t have to be a big race, check out your local 5k charity run, or stretch yourself and do a trail race.

Racing seems to bring out the best in every runner.

And if you’re not going to race, volunteer at a race. You’ll love it!

Calendar of events in the Calgary area:

  • May 9th – 5 Peaks Trail Race in Fish Creek
  • May 10th – Mother’s Day Run
  • May 16th – Tri-it Espresso Run
  • May 16th – MEC Race Three – The Pace Setter
  • May 23rd – Rocky Mountain Soap Women’s Run
  • May 24th – Run for Women
  • May 31st – Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
  • June 6th – Banff Jasper Relay
  • June 6th – Hope Classic
  • June 7th – Run Bowness
  • June 13th – Millarville Run to the Farmer’s Market
  • June 13th – Run for Water
  • June 14th – Betty’s Run for ALS
  • June 14th – 5 Peaks Trail Race – Canmore
  • …LOTS MORE…

For an even more comprehensive list of Calgary area events click here.

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