It never did. I just never really zoned out, it took a lot of effort to keep pushing forward, my mind felt kind of cluttered, my breathing wasn't smooth, and I could still feel the tug :/ This has been my past few runs now.
I have a little tug in my left hamstring and my left calf I've been feeling since last week; I wanted to run it sub 60 if I felt okay, but I wasn't going to stress about it if I couldn't.
|Run buddy and I will have this cute bling soon |
See my crazy looking blue pace chart...
|I was really happy with the 58:20 result considering how rough it felt|
I am not sure what's really up with my legs, but picking up the speed work the past few months has taken me through a lot of (really happy) up and downs. I am still not sure about how much recovery time I reeallly need. I didn't run any lengthy events, but I did run hard for my shorter 10K, 5K, and 15K but I almost a week out from my last event.
I will say slowing down is hard after you get use to seeing speedier paces. I did a cool down mile right at a 10:07 pace and it felt like it was taking forever to get down the street. I will have no choice but to slow down very soon, because the heat is coming.
I still feel like such a newbie runner sometimes. I have so many unknowns and questions still. Recovery is a big mystery to me... I do know increasing protein helps me to feel better sooner, but I have been so lazy I have been skipping shakes because I don't want to clean the blender. How ridiculous is that? and I've never foam rolled. Should I be?
Are all these up and downs normal? How long does it really take to recover? Should I have skipped my progression run on Tuesday? What do you do when you feel the unwanted tugs in your muscles?
Edit- after I posted I realized it was time to suck it up and wash the blender...a raspberry protein shake :)