Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recovery and Apples

Today started bright and early at 5:30 am to haul myself to the gym. I am very fortunate in that the gym is about 1/4 of a mile from my house (and it is all right-hand turns to get there!). I'm glad, because it's hard enough to get up at 5:30 without having to drive a long way before even starting to work out.

The long run on Sunday has left me with a little residual soreness, so today I took it easy. A gentle couple of laps around the track, followed by a lot of stretching and then 3 miles on the treadmill.  I walked them at 3.0% incline, with 6x200 gentle running strides about every half mile. The strides is a new thing I'm trying on recovery days to keep my legs loose. I tried jogging the three miles on recovery days recently, and found that my joints really just need a break from the constant pounding on off days.

I followed the treadmill up with another gentle couple of laps around the track, then more stretching, and finally some weight lifting for the arms/back. All in all, I was in and out of there in about 1 hour 15 min.

Fruit!
After heading home and showering, I had a couple of cups of coffee, awesome pumpkin power oatmeal, and an apple. They have been on sale for 89 cents a pound at my local store, so I've stocked up.

It felt good today to have gotten a workout in before work-work. I had a good amount of energy throughout the day, and even during my 4 pm dentist appointment (no cavities this time, thankyouverymuch).

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