Half Marathon After Effects…


Quote of the day
I don’t think you can become an outstanding runner unless you get a certain amount of enjoyment out of the suffering. You have to enjoy absorbing it, controlling it and—ultimately—overcoming it.” Derek Clayton in The Masters of the Marathon

So I am a bit confused about this whole recovery process after a half marathon, especially your first. I don’t want to push too hard, and get injured so I am playing safe. I did a bit of research and it seems you need to give your body a good 2 to 3 weeks to recovery and then slowly start to build again..reverse taper :-). The problem for me is that I need to be ready for my goal race in 3 weeks time, cant be in go slow mode now. I probably should not have ran the 21km on Sunday, but in true me style, I could not wait :-). But I am glad I did, I know I held back quite a bit so I know I can do a much better time (probably not in a Two Oceans with a Southern Cross and Constantia Nek, but another Half) so something to look forward to…

Went to the gym yesterday and could only manage to walk, try to run but could feel my calves got a bit hurt. There seems to be a few blue patches on my legs so I probably have a few brushed muscles. They are not painful or anything, just a bit sore when you touch them, so Deep Heat has become my best friend :-).

Duration Distance Calories Avg HR Max HR
40min 3km 110 98 140

Did some stretching and started with strength training. I seem to be OK, just cant run at this stage. I am starting to get a bit concerned, cos I don’t really know when I should start to pick up the pace or distance. Will see how I feel tomorrow and prehaps go for a 5km walk or something.

About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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