I had somewhat of a recovery plan. After the race, my plan included taking a walk in the afternoon following the race. On the Saturday after the race, I planned on another walk and then a short run Saturday night. Then take it from there.
What I did not realize was how exhausting the race was. Not only physically, but mentally as well. There was a lot of waiting and things to watch before the race. Then I was off an running. I kept looking at some of the beautiful sites around the city.
Instead, what happened was on Friday after the race, I took the kids out a short walk around the city. We went playground hopping. On Saturday morning, I awoke with some sore muscles in the upper part of the back of my legs. The hills may have been a little steeper than I thought.
On Saturday, we did not go out for a long walk as I had planned, instead we went to a nearby playground. Saturday night, I raw a slow 3 mile route just to get out there. I took off from running on Sunday and on Monday, I was back up to 4 miles. I took Tuesday off and ran 4 miles on Wednesday and 3 miles on Thursday. I took Friday off and then on Saturday night, I was back up to 7.4 miles.
How do you recover from a race?