Between yesterday’s race and right now, I learned a couple things about myself and running.
- Cooling down and thorough stretching after
a raceevery 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?