Soccer muscles are not the same as running muscles

Once-a-year soccer and long distance running don’t mix. My hips are aching from the sprints and side to side from the soccer game on Saturday. It was the coaches game against the 14-17 year olds in our community soccer league.

Needless to say the kids are in much better soccer shape than us coaches and they beat us quite handily. And Sunday morning I could barely get out of bed. It didn’t help that I did a big hill workout too on Saturday and was expecting to ache but I knew which muscles those would be. The soccer muscles don’t rear their ugly head with just running. But they definitely told me they were being neglected.

And because I don’t wear soccer cleats more than once per year, of course a blister started to develop which was aggravated during my run later.

I even skipped my Sunday run to recover. I haven’t done that in a very long time.

I was reminded that just being in running shape doesn’t mean you are in shape enough to play a serious game of soccer.

Kudos to all those soccer players out there that play a hard 90 minutes game after game.

Soccer, running, recovery
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