Mango’s recovery log – 10.23.16 and 10.30.16

10/17 to 10/23 Post half-marathon recovery week

When we left off, I had just run the Baystate Half Marathon. I intended to get a massage and start easing back into running, but I came down with a cold and went back and forth on recovery: one day I was bounding out of bed raring to go, the next day I was flat out on the sofa again. Yuck.

Monday 10/17 – Rest, trying to get over cold

Tuesday 10/18 – Still feeling crappy, did a set of MYRTLs

Wednesday 10/19 – How is this cold getting worse? MYRTLs and recovery yoga

Thursday 10/20 – Rounding a bend cold-wise. 25 minutes on the bike trainer to belatedly loosen up my leg muscles.

Luckily I had the happiest of happy tights to help me through this dreary fortnight.
Luckily I had the happiest of happy tights to help me through this dreary fortnight.

Friday 10/21 – Feeling good. Ahh, a run! 25 minutes easy (2.5 miles).

Saturday 10/22 – Climbing with friends

Sunday 10/23 – 4 miles really really easy (50 minutes?); walking along the Charles River to watch rowers compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta


10/24 to 10/30 Cold recovery week 2

I was so tired of being congested this week. Not, you know, actively run-down or feverish or too fatigued to function – justย stuffed up and with a cough that would not go away.

Monday 10/24 – 3 miles easy into a headwind…both ways. It was 50F out, but I bundled up for extra warmth, and I’m glad I did.

Tuesday 10/25 – Started feeling gross again. This cold is completely kicking my ass. One set MYRTLS, one set core exercises.

Wednesday 10/26 – Too congested to think, but the cold is entirely in my head (literally, not figuratively). Complete rest today.

Thursday 10/27 – Intended: 5 relaxing lunch-hour miles, trotting along at 11:30 recovery pace. Actual: 3 miles on the treadmill (11:30), derailed by an absolutely infuriating podcast episode. Said episode featured a blogger who made some terrible, terrible running decisions (signing up for her first marathon two months out, running a recent marathon on a longest training run of 4 miles) and got away with it. At which point I stopped the treadmill and hurled my phone across the room deleted the podcast from my phone, followed by MYRTLS and stretching.

Friday 10/28 – Cross-training: a lunch-hour ballet class! 45 minutes of really intense barre work for my first ballet class in about five years. Embarrassed myself in front of a whole bunch of very elastic, very coordinated people, most of whom dance for a living or are retired dancers. I made sure to stretch and stretch and stretch before and after, but my glutes and calves are still sore. But it’s good to see my body still remembers what to do. 14 years of ballet and modern dance weren’t for naught.

Saturday 10/29 – 5 ‘whatever’ miles (“go forth and run at whatever pace your body pleases”). 8:50 average (it was cold).

Sunday 10/30 – Rest and family time.

Tropical transplant to the chilly Northeast. Professional writer and researcher, cantankerous editor, mom to two! inquisitive children, asker of inconvenient questions.

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  1. Glad you’re finally feeling better! Love watching the Head of the Charles; that’s always homecoming weekend at BU, too.

    1. Oh, that’s fun! This year’s rowers had a rough patch. It was pouring one day and super blustery the next. I think it’s been consecutive homecoming/ family weekends for all of the colleges around here! Next to graduation and move-in day, this is the busiest time of year by far!

  2. I have also been struggling with illness during my recovery! First I lost my voice and then when I thought I was getting better, got a cold!

    Was it the AMR podcast? I wasn’t so bothered by it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh no! Get well soon! Hah – yes, it was the AMR podcast. I don’t know what bothered me so much (can’t she have sounded at least a little contrite?). I think I’m just annoyed by what I perceive as blithe disregard for/ glorification of bad running ideas, which sends the message that you can do this and get away with it.

  3. Glad you’re feeling better. Good luck on the continued recovery! Also, Barre is HARD. I once made the mistake of underestimating how challenging it would be and paid dearly for it. . . .

  4. It’s amazing how a simple head cold can really knock you out! I had one a couple of weeks ago and did not persist nearly as well as you did, especially after a big race! Way to stick through it- anything is better than nothing (except when nothing is really what you need :).
    As for the barre, wow. Muscle memory to the rescue!