Before I get into my race fallout, I have to make a quick comment on the races from this weekend. I’m not a big self promoter (Mrs. Schlub actually yells at me about this LOL) and often down play a lot of the success I have as a runner. I run for the pure enjoyment and the self competition. I get a huge boost of confidence from individual success that comes from working hard during training and then delivering on race day. I also get a huge high from falling short of my own expectations and dusting myself off and getting back out there to train even harder. BUT in this case I have to say, I am actually pretty DA%$ proud of my race on Sunday. This was not only a huge improvement from Vegas in November but it was a flat out successful run that played out just about perfect. This is one of those races that get you hyped for your next race.
Sunday after the race I was riding a pretty good high from my results. Had a few things to do around the house but overall got to relax and start the recovery process. Mrs. Schlub let me get a nap in as I was pretty exhausted after an early wake up and the max effort during the race. Later that night is when the fallout started to make itself known. I had a slight sore throat and slowly started to feel tired and worn down throughout the night. As bed time was rolling around I pretty much knew I was coming down with a bug. Woke up Monday morning and felt like crap, drug myself to work and was only able to put in a few hours before heading on home sick. Spent the rest of Monday trying to relax and recoup. Tuesday rolled around and once again just felt horrible, decided to stay home and take a little more time to recoup. Finally started to feel better Tuesday afternoon and woke up this morning feeling well enough to head into work.
As for my legs after the half marathon, my legs were pretty thrashed from the race. Definitely could have taken it easier during the race and I would have been in a much better place after the run but cracking 1:40 was well worth the aftermath. Even today, three days later, my calves are still sore. I’m doing a lot of stretching and massaging to work out all the tightness.
The only thing that I can conclude is that my body was just exhausted from a full weekend of heavy activity plus some cool temps. The need for rest the past couple days has hindered my post race running but I hope to get back out there tonight with a nice light recovery run. Depending on how my legs feel coming into the weekend will determine if I’m throwing down a long run to build on this weekend or if I will need a true recovery week, we shall see.
Has your body ever crashed after a race?
Do you prefer an ice bath or hot bath/jacuzzi after a hard race?