Before the run:
*one small cup of coffee (yes, I did go back and I have to say I DON'T sleep as well with it) I've been trying it during my early runs because I am just having such a hard time waking up.
*one peanut butter sandwich
*Rolled out my legs and back on the foam roller
During the run:
*2 blueberry Roctane Gu's (2x's caffeine...you will see that I am NOT going to do this again...it was too much caffeine and it killed my stomach after the run)
* 3 Blocks
*One bottle of Pineapple Zico Water
After the run:
*Stretched with foam roller before the ice bath (little hint from the Goucher)
*Ice bath then went to warm bath (this worked better and it wasn't so drastic which I think was hurting me with just the cold)
* "MY" compression socks. I really don't have the real compression socks but will be making the purchase. I have these Juicy knee highs...lol...yes, I do that are tight and I used those all day. It was nice having everything tight so I am definitely going to splurge and get the real ones.
*Rest. Okay the caffeine kind of negated this...It was so hard to fall asleep so I just closed my eyes and then after awhile just tried to read a little.
*Used the 'Stick' to roll out some more.
*Stretched again at 9pm
*1 husband that took care of everything while I was doing this.
When I got home from this run Scott just looked at me and said "do you realize what you just did?" I said, "No....I just don't feel in the moment". Its a funny thing. I am not sure if it is just me or if it is other people but I feel the first time I go through crazy challenges it is almost an outerbody experience. Settting out to do mileage you have never done before takes mental toughness, so much so that it is so hard to always be in the moment. Where I am pulling from, what I have to put aside, who you have to be, what you have to empower to be able to mentally endure the mileage....it's alot. It is definitely a journey and you definitely are not the same person you were when you started. It strips you and sometimes the stripping can be overwhelming. I was emotionally drained and just needed to rest. I think that is something the 'family' of runners should understand most. After a super long run, something that is long for you- you not only are sore physically, you are drained mentally. It takes so much and you need time to rest and be able to start over well. Its super helpful when the ones around you understand that...when they don't...it can easily become a "bite someones head off" type of atmosphere.!!!
This week on schedule is 5, 9, 5 and 14.
Next week on schedule is 5, 10, 5 and then 20!!!!
Super nervous for the twenty and for my legs! My quads are sore and my calf just a bit of that numbish feeling (don't worry I already addressed this with the doctor). Overall, I feel pretty good. I am sore, I am not supernatural. My stomach hurt a lot after this run so I will have to watch hydration and caffeine intake. If there is anything more that anyone else could suggest for recovery let this sista know!! Still shopping around for compression shorts. I am thinking that I may move to capris considering all the compression shorts I see are super -super short! No need for that....(as per Scott...and I pretty much agree)lol.
Any after run recovery secrets?
Stilll looking for some brand names for recovery shorts!?
Going with CEP compression socks...What do you think?
Do you sometimes feel emotionally drained after a long run?
How does your family help you /encourage you?