Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Workout Wednesday: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

I'm very sore this week.   Not as bad as I used to be after my first 3 half marathons...but sore nonetheless.  While I felt pretty good for most of my 27K on Saturday - the stiffness has definitely set in and my body knows I did something to it...and is trying to prevent me trying such silliness again.

Usually, I equate Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS) with knowing I did something good for my body.  That little tight soreness after a strength workout usually makes me smile.  I really like it when that soreness is in my abs.  My legs, on the other hand...not so much. 

I just want to RUN right now...I want to strap on that new Garmin and put it through it's paces.  I was looking forward to every single run I had this week - leading up to my half in Edmonton - and this morning, I had to come to the realization that maybe I need to dial back a bit this week.  To save myself from myself, as it were.

I ran a speedy 5K last night.  Well - 32 mins and change.   I remember when 5K was a 38 min endeavour and how my 32 min finish in my first 5K race blew me away because I didn't think I had it in me (might be time to register for another timed 5K...just to see how fast I am now).  So a 32 min training 5k seems super speedy from that perspective.  It felt good to run it.  I tried to take a slightly different route that, if I'd taken the right entrance to the crescent, might have yielded a good alternate for me.   I felt like I was flying most of the time.  I also didn't have the alarm set on my watch so I took walk breaks ever couple of kilometres instead of at the 15 min mark.

It felt wonderful...until I started to get ready for bed that night...then the wave of stiffness washed over me and I was suddenly sore and exhausted.   This morning, I woke up with such sore quads and glutes that I am pretty much uncomfortable no matter how I sit, stand or move.  Well, hello there 27K run.  Guess I should have taken it a bit easier.  I'm suddenly realizing how marathon training can hurt...and am really grateful for taper in a couple short weeks :)

This bout of soreness has made me realize that I really do need to do the 29K this week and take a super easy week until the 32K super-beastly-long run on Sept 3rd.  That way, I will have 2 weeks to kill off any residual soreness before I tackle that challenge.  Look at me, being all smart and stuff.  

My Thursday run this week is going to be traded for some bike time and I will concentrate on stretching, resting, hydrating and carb-loading.  I plan to rock this 29K.  Any other tips y'all might have for killing DOMS would be greatly appreciated!

Note: I actually got a full night's sleep last night so I can no longer blame this 29K crap on sleep-deprived insanity...

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