When I started running again last week, I didn’t actually do much. I jogged and played without ever even thinking about accelerating. But this week, this week I decided to go back to work. Nothing too crazy. I wasn’t aiming to prevent tired legs since I do have a race this weekend, the Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k, and I’d like to finish in a reasonable time.
Do I really think I lost that much fitness after 18 days without a workout that got my heart rate above 60% of max? No. My head and attitude are doing just fine. I do have tired legs, however. Maybe I dove back in with too much enthusiasm? Probably. I hit deadlifts Monday and might have gone a little too hard on Tuesday’s long intervals. A very easy thirty minute run filled Wednesday’s schedule since my hamstrings were not happy to be back at work. There was more light lifting on Thursday and an easy 4 x 400M Friday morning.
Definitely not my usual 5k race week plan and my tired legs prove it. I’m rolling and resting tonight then just going to get out and have fun tomorrow. I’ll be with my Team RWB friends and racing on wet grass (assuming it rains tonight like the weather guessers say it will). It will also be 55 degrees with 20+ mile an hour winds on a course that covers an airport runway and large grassy fields after a week spent training on roads with temps in the 70s. Definitely focusing on the fun this time.
I have a few more weeks before marathon training kicks off and I hope this event is a highlight. Tired legs are expected when I step up my miles, intensity and strength training so I’ll try to enjoy them while they’re fresh.
How do you bounce back from tired legs?