What a difference some rest makes

I can’t believe it’s been just a little over a week since my legs completely fell apart on me. I’m very happy to say that this week, they are feeling really great. It took some doing to get here, but I didn’t expect to recover quite so fast, I must admit.

I spent several days doing nothing more than easy cycling and swimming, and continued taking my copper supplements. I started to feel my overall energy returning by the end of last week. Then on Saturday, I took my bike out with a friend for about 26 miles, and even though I was still taking it really easy, I could tell that my legs were feeling fresher. I half expected them to feel exhausted at the top of each climb we did, but they cooperated and this put a big smile on my face.

These legs are singing a much happier tune now

So I caved and tried a run, one week post-race. I only did four miles, but it was a really nice four miles. I felt like my legs had some snap back and there was no accompanying fatigue. The next day when a friend asked if I wanted to do a six-mile trail run, I had to go! We took it nice and easy and again, my legs behaved. Yesterday my legs were a tiny bit sore, but it was the kind of “haven’t been used” sore rather than exhausted sore. A good sore.

Tomorrow I get my LASIK surgery and will be forced to give up running again for about a week. So I’ll do what any sane runner would do, fit in a longer run beforehand–probably in the range of 10 to 12 miles. After my next week off, I’m thinking I should be completely recharged to start back with some real training again. I can’t wait–I have visions of late-summer/early fall racing dancing in my head!

Ready to get the party started….


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  1. says

    Good luck with the surgery (I want the same kind!). I totally hear ya on the legs, I had to give myself a rest for a week and a half because my HIP was killing me. I felt like an 80 year old trapped in a 29 year old body! YIKES! Glad they came back and served ya well!
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  2. says

    I am totally giggling to myself here….why of course you need to go for a 12 miler before surgery! The best part is….I would do the same!! I love it! So glad your legs are feeling better already! They just needed a time out!
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  3. says

    Hope the LASIK goes well for you tomorrow! And I am sure all this time off will help you bounce back into training even better. I am actually feeling quite good for not running for a few days – I know I needed the mental rest.
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  4. says

    Good luck on your lasik surgery tomorrow. I know how excited you have been for this so I can’t wait to hear about it. I will be sending good thoughts your way.
    Glad your legs are feeling recovered. It isn’t fun when they feel like lead!
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  5. says

    I always look forward to a week off running like I would look forward to hanging out with a nest of hornets. But…..I always feel stronger and rested afterward.

    Good luck with the surgery!

  6. says

    Yay! So glad you are feeling better already. That quick of a recovery is a good sign for sure, and your forced rest I am sure will leave you SUPER ready to go!

    Good luck with the Lasik! :)
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  7. says

    Ha! I love how you are going to fit in a long run before your surgery! I am so glad your legs are recovered! I think the biking is very helpful as it keeps them going but is much less taxing than running. Good luck with your surgery!
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  8. says

    Haha I did a long workout before my Lasik too. I was good and tired when I got home from my surgery, which is good. I slept like a baby.
    That’s my tip for you. Sleep, sleep, sleep after surgery.
    Good luck!
    You will be so glad you did it!
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  9. says

    happy to hear you feel refreshed!!! Good luck tomorrow, I’ve thought about Lasik, I would love to be able to ditch my lenses, especially when swimming : )
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  10. says

    Yes! Good feeling! Enjoy your extra rest and good luck with LASIK tomorrow. I’ve only heard,” I wish I would have done it sooner”. Excited for you!
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