Resting and recovery

AFTER burning out during a 10k race on Wednesday, I decided to focus on rest and recovery. I took not one, not two but three days off from training.

Three days! This has never happened. I thought I would be desperate to get my trainers on and go for a run, but I wasn’t. I was so tired that I struggled just to go about my days. Every part of my body ached. I had no energy. I didn’t feel right at all. Running was the last thing on my mind.

On Friday I had a sports massage, which always helps my tight muscles, but can also be quite draining. I thought that by Saturday I would be back running. Saturday arrived and I felt worse than ever. I was going to force myself out for a three-mile jog, but then decided against it. We were meeting friends for an Indian so I’d need my strength for that.

We had a great evening at the Thaal Indian Restaurant, Darfield. I’ve not been there before but the food was nice, the drinks were flowing and it was a fantastic atmosphere. We ate a lot, and at 11.55pm, were the last customers to leave.

Having a night out and a good laugh seemed to restore my energy. By Sunday morning I couldn’t wait to get out for a run. Chris decided to join me. We set off without any idea of how far we would run. I just wanted to see how I felt. As it turned out, I felt really strong, the best I’d felt all week. We took an off-road route to Old Royston, then headed to Newmillerdam on the trail, taking the road to Walton then into Haw Park Wood, a lap of Angler’s Country Park, before running home on the canal path. We ran 13.1 miles in one hour fifty-five, a nice steady 8.45 minute mile pace.

It was absolutely wonderful. It was so nice to be back running. It was also beautiful weather, stunning scenery and I had Chris for company. I thought my energy levels were back to normal. I felt in a really productive mood, the kind of mood when I know I’ll get lots done. I’d got exams to revise for, and features, blogs and books to write. I got in the shower thinking about everything I would do. My energy had returned! I had lunch, then decided to have a sit down, just for two minutes before starting work.

I woke up two hours later. ‘What happened?’ I asked.

Chris was asleep on the sofa next to me. He opened his eyes and shrugged. ‘We obviously needed a rest.’

‘A rest!’ I jumped up. ‘This is disgraceful. I’ve got things I need to do.’ Unfortunately we’d lost most of the afternoon. It was almost 4pm, time to walk the dogs and get the horses in. We did a few more miles with the dogs. The sun was still shining, and it was so peaceful. There was no one else about, just us and Ted and Archie.

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The walk helped to wake me up again. The brew and biscuits we had at my Mum and Dad’s afterwards also helped to restore my energy levels. Despite losing a few hours during the afternoon power nap, it has been a good day.

I feel so much better for resting, recovering and getting back into a bit of running. I’ve still got a million and one things to do, but hopefully now I’ll have the energy to do them.

Hope you’ve had a good weekend.

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