Two Things I’ve Learned

Between yesterday’s race and right now, I learned a couple things about myself and running.

  • Cooling down and thorough stretching after a race every run is important.
  • It is possible to go out until 2am and have a few drinks, but still run the following day.

I didn’t do much of a cool-down or stretch after yesterday’s race.  Don’t get me wrong, I tried… but there was food and it was cold, then I fell.  Distractions!  Besides, it was just a 5k, right?

Wrong.  My calves killed during the run I had today.  I was stiff, tired, and sore.  I read a post over here about running later after a race, which seems like something I should incorporate.  It’s always been a huge chore for me to stretch and cool-down properly after any race, but running a few miles after I refuel and get home?  Totally do-able, especially since my mileage has increased more.

On the second bullet, I went out and had a few drinks yesterday — delicious gin & tonics.  I didn’t get home until after 2am and I still went running this morning.  I really should have eaten something prior to running and had a cool-down/stretch yesterday in order to make this run a little better… but bottom line is, I can go out and have a good time but still be effective the next day, it’ll just have to wait until the afternoon!

Unfortunately, I do need to find a different drink.  My stomach doesn’t handle carbonation well it appears.  I wish I could drink vodka, I’d just mix it with water, but gin doesn’t seem to have that type of appeal.  Suggestions?

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Brittany

Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

3 thoughts on “Two Things I’ve Learned”

  1. 5ks are actually the worst ones for me and I get the most sore! Half marathons, not so bad but I swear my calves are on fire after every 5k. I’d say easy miles will flush it out. When I raced my 5k last weekend at around 6:10 pace, my first few miles were at a 9:30 pace if that gives you any idea of how easy they should be. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad somebody shares that 5k feeling with me!

      Next 5k I run in June, I’m testing out this shakeout/cool down later in the evening. Judging by that, looks like my first few miles can be 10:20 and I will feel fabulous, hahaha.

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