Tuesday workout: rest
Wednesday workout: 3 miles, 10:15 average
Three surprising things about today's run, my second back post-marathon:
1) My calves were incredibly sore.
Landing on your forefoot uses more calf muscle than anything else. I thought I had Triplets of Belleville-like calfs, but apparently three weeks was enough to obliterate them. It's strange to feel sore again. With the exception of one memorable week of marathon training, I don't remember feeling sore under the Hansons' tutelage. I assume this will disappear soon. The Hansons tell me I lost about 5% of my fitness during my first two weeks off, so assuming a linear relationship between rest and fitness, I lost about 7.5%. Even if that's wrong, I can't imagine I lost more than 10%. That doesn't seem like a huge deal.
2) My arms were incredibly sore.
I harbor no illusions about my weakling arms. They are weak. Very weak. "Lose-an-arm-wrestling-contest-to-an-inanimate-object" weak. However, I don't really understand why they're sore. I mean, yes, you pump your arms while running, but really? I see some push-ups in my future.*
I guess I could have grouped those two into one, but I like to pretend my life is difficult.
3) The humidity made this run a lot harder than it otherwise would have been.
I'll pause for a minute while you collectively punch me in the face.
I KNOW. I'm a pansy. Everyone, everywhere is dealing with much worse. That doesn't change the fact that it affected my run. When it's humid, I have a really hard time taking deep breaths. This freaks me out (for obvious reasons), so I try to make each breath a really deep breath. I think it's largely mental, but it means I spent much of my run mildly hyperventilating, to the extent that's possible.
I took a summer picture to add to my fall/winter collection:
I totally got the angle wrong.
Well, I don't have anything else for you today so we'll stop while we're behind!
*Note: "seeing" push-ups does not necessarily mean "doing" push-ups.
- Do you ever have difficulty breathing when it's humid out?
- How long after a big race does it typically take you to feel "normal" on your runs?