Recovery and Busy College Life

Whewh! The past couple days have been so crazy, it’s easy to forget that it’s only Tuesday and that I ran 20 miles just a few days ago. That is, until I try to sprint up the stairs to my Economics class, and my legs start to yell at me.

After spending most of the day Sunday snuggled in my bed alternating between napping and reading for classes, I definitely felt pretty stiff Monday morning. I probably should have moved around a bit more Sunday afternoon to keep my muscles from getting tight, but at the time I felt too tired to do anything other than lie down. And consume massive amounts of bananas and peanut butter (I think I might have eaten five bananas over the course of the day. Is that too much?)

I went for a short 2.5 mile recovery run Monday morning (at what might be the slowest pace I have ever run) before jetting off to class. Mondays are always super hard because I have class without a break straight from 12 to 5, and then directly at 5 I go to the newspaper office for production, which ends at 3 a.m. Not exactly the kind of “down day” you’d like to have after a brutal 20 miles.

Today I ran an easy 4.5 miles around the Potomac with my friend K- (she of the goose chasing fame). We’ve decided to make our Tuesday afternoon runs a weekly date (which meets one of my new years resolutions, running with friends, so SCORE!) which is awesome because my runs with K- always feel really therapeutic and fun. Plus K- always convinces me to do abs work afterwards, something I’m not usually motivated to do on my own, helping me to meet another one of my new years resolutions! Today we did a 20 minute workout on the grass in front of the Lincoln Memorial halfway through our run, since the weather was so nice and there was a nice breeze off the Potomac. Crunches with Abe Lincoln and a river view? I wish all ab workouts could be like that!

I’m trying to get to bed early tonight in order to fit in an 8 a.m. run before I meet with a professor tomorrow morning to talk about a paper I’m writing. (It’s for a super interesting English class on empathy and activism, and whether literature that evokes empathy is beneficial or manipulative when you’re trying to rally people to a cause. Right now we’re talking about all this in the context of the abolitionist movement and the 1800s, and then we’re going to work our way forward to the anti-human trafficking movement today. It’s awesome!) Which is all a super long winded way of saying that I don’t have time to write up a Best of the Web post tonight. 😦 But count on it for tomorrow!

How do you recover from long runs? Do you like bananas and peanut butter? (I think I eat at least one a day)

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About sarahk48

I'm an aspiring journalist and an avid runner racing (and reading, and baking, and occasionally studying) her way through college. This blog is a record of my marathon training, cooking creations, and general thoughts on the state of the universe.

3 responses to “Recovery and Busy College Life”

  1. Kelly says :

    yikes, work until 3:00 a.m.? I don’t know how you do that!! I love slowww recovery runs the day after long runs – they help get the junk out. Also, banana + PB = best combo ever. My favorite pre-race or long run snack!

  2. Smore says :

    Bananas and peanut butter? Yes! Favorite pre-run snack! Recovery from a long run usually involves lots of stretching and a good night sleep. I’m so worn out after long runs.

  3. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says :

    I definitely this an easy run or ride helps with recovery!

    Bananas + PB = food of champions.

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