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.

IMG 1444 225x300 What a difference some rest makes

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. Sending positive energy to you tmw for your surgery!!
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  2. Good Luck at Lasik!! So glad to hear your legs are feeling better. With another week off they will feel brand new :)
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  3. thoughts and prayers your way.
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  4. Yay! So, so happy you’re feeling better! And I want that skirt!!! Good luck!

  5. Glad you’re feeling so much better! Good luck with the sugery- I have a couple friends who have had it and say that it’s very easy to recover from (like, almost no recovery?)
    Love the skirt- excellent fashion choice!
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  6. 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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  7. Sending good and healing thoughts as your upcoming lasik procedure approaches. So glad you are feeling yourself again. You have sexy runner legs! ;)
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  8. That’s awesome that you’re feeling better. Good luck with your surgery!
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  9. Good for you to take time off. And so excited for your Lasik!
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  10. Nice job listening to your body and giving it what it needed. I tend to fail in that regard, but I am always trying to learn from others!
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  11. Oh awesome to hear! So glad you’re feeling better. I can’t wait to hear about the Lasik. I would like to get it, but am also a bit scared. But how nice to wake up and just see!
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  12. Our legs are kinda like sponges-sometimes we gotta let them get their shape back after wringing them out!

    Cute skirt BTW-Brooks I presume??
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  13. Glad you are feeling better. I don’t seem to have trouble with the “resting” part. :)
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  14. I was actually getting extremely nervous yesterday that i was needing some time off to get my legs back and with the race in two weeks that wasn’t going to work. fingers crossed that I am just adjusting to the heat.

    glad you are bouncing back so quick
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  15. So glad your legs are feeling better! That skirt is so cute! Good luck with your surgery and hope you don’t go to crazy with no running for a week!

  16. 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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  17. Good luck with the Lasik! I’d love to do that too.
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  18. 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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  19. Good to hear! Rest is always a good thouhgt when ailing.
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  20. Good luck with the surgery

    Good to hear the legs are feeling fresh

  21. 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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  22. 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!

  23. I would LOVE to have fresh legs for each run! I’m so envious of people who can run a marathon and then go out the next day and run some more. I’m pretty much a cripple :)

    Cute skirt!!
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  24. Glad you are springing back!! Gook luck with the Lasik!
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  25. So glad to hear! Rest is so important and can make such a difference, glad it worked for you! Good luck with LASIK!
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  26. I am so afraid to take a week off (though I know I should). With me the problem is that I may fall off the wagon and never get back on.
    Good luck with lasik and I hope you won’t go nuts during your forced rest.
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  27. Good luck tomorrow!! Glad to hear that your legs are feeling fresher.
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  28. Sounds like the rest did wonders for you! Good luck with the lasik.

  29. So glad your legs and feeling better:) So exciting you are getting Lasik! Have a great long run and enjoy your new eyes:)
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  30. 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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  31. Excellent – very glad to hear it!!
    Best of luck with the Lasik – I’m jealous!
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  32. So glad your legs are treating you better! That’s such a bad feeling, especially when you’ve come to expect more from them. The Lasik-forced rest will probably do you good, too.

    Good luck with the surgery!
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. best of luck – and I’m jealous, I don’t qualify for LASIK! enjoy the perfect vision!
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  36. Good luck with the Lasik, Amanda! I’m hoping that’s in my future at some point. And I’m so glad to hear you got some of the Miss Zippy zip back.
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  37. I’m so glad to hear that your legs are feeling fresher again! I had to laugh- that is exactly what I would do, too… get a good long run in before a forced week off. :) Hope the surgery and recovery go smoothly!
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  38. YOUR legs look HAWT and I’m glad they have returned to you in their re-energized state! Thinking of you during the Lasik!!
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  39. You are a brave soul to get the Lasik. I am terribly afraid of that.

    Good look and happy to hear the legs are responding.
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  40. 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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  41. So glad to hear your legs are feeling better. I understand the whole healing time period.:)
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  42. I’m concerned about how I’m coming across after my comment about the dental dream…but I can’t help myself. You have amazing legs. Both inside and out.
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  43. It’s so good to hear that you’re feeling so good. And so quickly.
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  44. That’s awesome your legs are feeling better! I love that you’re doing a long run before surgery. Good luck for both!
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  45. Good luck with the Lasik! I want it done so bad!!!

    Glad to see you having some better runs, although I’m behind on blog reading so I have to back-read and see what got you here.

    Happy Running!
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  46. 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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  47. Good luck tomorrow! Enjoy a little down time!

  48. So glad your legs are better!!! I am positive ou will be back full force after your Lasik!!!
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