Time for Recovery

My 4 year old daughter who loves to play pretend, one day mixed up a potion especially for me: “Mama, this is a potion to make you run really fast!”  Oh wow, was I amazed and pleased she knew exactly what mama wanted 🙂  Although right now, I just wish I could take one of her magical wands and conjure up a spell to make all my aches and pain to disappear. Injuries are prevalent to runners who fail to listen to their bodies as I guiltily admit I recently made that mistake.

I should have listened to my body when I woke up Tues morning feeling exhausted (resting heart rate slightly elevated) to skip the track workout of 6x800s and made it an easy running day.  Evidently, because I was not fully recovered from the 10k race I ran a few days ago, my pace was slightly slower than usual.

I should have taken the day off on Wed when my body was still sluggish but I pushed myself to run slow for an hour with the belief I can properly recover the following two days; Thursday is usually a cross-training day but I took the day off and Friday is quality time with my daughters when I take them on a special outing to the zoo or the children’s museum or anywhere I know they would enjoy.

I should have started my long run slow and reduced the prescribed time on my feet instead of forging forward with the guys I usually run with who seemed to have ran a much faster pace and yes I was stubborn to try to keep up with them the first couple of miles.  I slowed down but not significantly enough.  It was a gorgeous run on Sunset Cliffs with the fog recently cleared, sun blazing down on the shimmering ocean – a picturesque landscape every runner was blessed to appreciate and enjoy.

Although, I had less to appreciate on my return journey from that long run when my right ankle became apparently more sore.  I’ve been having issues with my right hamstring – a nagging ache in my upper hamstring at the muscle-tendon junction which I’m fairly certain has caused the pain in my ankle.  Painful enough for me to finally step back and take some time off to properly address the issue.  Tomorrow I think I will ask my daughter to prepare a potion for a FAST RECOVERY.

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