Saturday, October 1, 2011

Recovery Week

With 2 half marathons in 8 days I thought I should properly recover this week.

After Sunday's trail half and "cold water bath," I took it easy the rest of Sunday and all of Monday.  My legs felt a little tired on Tuesday but my quads and calves were not sore (hooray!) and I wanted to move my legs around.  A friend talked me into going to spinning with her that night.

So I bit the bullet and renewed my gym membership after a 5 month hiatus.

Thursday work was closed for a Jewish holiday.  I met my husband for Indian buffet lunch then swung by my favorite bakery ever.  (Alyssa and Kari can skip past this part because they have strong willpower and are 2 weeks into their dessert ban leading up to their marathons this month).

 For the fellow coffee fan, the coffee buttercream frosting is AMAZING.

Amazing, I tell you!

Their cinnamon buns are pretty special too.

That night, I went to spinning again, followed by a 1/2 hr abs class.

And Friday morning my abs were SORE.  Admittedly, I haven't done much for them since the Fit Abs Challenge that ended in early August.

Saturday I decided it was time to run again.  My goal was to run at a comfortable pace but with still with some effort for a favorite 3 mile loop.  I tried to not look at my watch too much.

I ran 3.18 miles and surprised myself with my splits: 9:50, 9:40, 9:15, followed by a .18 mile jog then walk cool down.  Apparently my spinning classes did not do enough to wear me out and I had lots of energy to get out of my system.  The run didn't feel like I was running that hard, though the cooler weather might be to blame/credit.  I didn't run until noon and it was only 62 out.  It was glorious!

Back to the gym:

Tuesday I dropped 94 big ones to get myself gym access-- including group classes-- through the end of 2011.  AND a free sample of deodorant.

 If you could smell me, today I smell like a rain kissed water lily.

The low cost, for me, is the main perk of going to a university gym.

Group classes are included which is a huge plus too.

They offer a bunch of classes, but my main interests are boot camp, spinning, and abs.  I don't see myself as a zumba person, the kickboxing paled in comparison to my previous cardio kickboxing classes at a martial arts place, but I hope to try yoga or pilates sometime in the future.

Some of the drawbacks?
  • 2nd day at the gym and "looking good for spring break" has already been mentioned
  • Realizing current freshmen are 10 years younger than me
  • I was the oldest person in Tuesday's spin class (aside from the instructor) 
    • one of the girls in the class loudly said the room "smelled like moth balls"
      • The room did not smell like moth balls
      • But I hope this was a reference to some of the older women leaving the room from yoga, not my friend and me-- soooo old in our mid-late 20s
  • At one point during Thursday's ab class, out of 30 people, one student, another "regular" (university staff, not a student) and I were the only ones doing all the ab exercises.  The room was sooo loud because people were talking to eachother and not following along with the instructor. ONE girl was texting!!
    • A) So rude to the instructor
    • B) If you're taking up a spot in class, you better be working. Why else are you there?

Emily has touched on this recently, and I completely share her opinions.

I'll get over it.  Because it's cheap.  And at these classes - the undergrads will start dropping like flies in a couple weeks anyway :)
So to summarize:
This time around, my recovery included: very cold water bath, spinning, abs, baked goods, and a short run at the end of the week.

I'm ready to get running again!

Questions for you:
Do you belong to a gym?  University or other?
What's your usual post-race recovery routine?


  1. Those desserts have me drooling, and thinking of something yummy to bake today. I have been a member of 3 different University gyms (two when I went to school, and one because hubs worked at the uni) and they're all been fine. Nothing special but I;ll take it for lower prices!

  2. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was one of those annoying freshman at the university gym... sigh. I go to a tiny hole-in the wall gym. It's cheap and it meets my needs.

    My post race recovery usually involves lots of dog walking.

    You know... with these half marathons under your belt, it might be time to start thinking of a full marathon. Just sayin' ;)

  3. I'm not currently a gym member. I wish it were possible to just join a pool. That's all I want. A long time ago when I was a member of 25hr Fitness I would only go late at night. I went only one time during the day. All the blond hair and giant boobs in nothing but sports bras and matching compression shorts made me turn right around and leave. It was like Globo Gym and it was very intimidating.

  4. Oh man, those cupcakes look good!

    I used to teach a super hard kickboxing class (if I can toot my own horn here) and it has ruined me from other kick boxing classes. My years of martial arts training has also made me a HUGE snob about good form and I find myself biting back corrections for the teacher. :)

  5. Vanessa & Danielle- I agree, cheap wins in my book

    Danielle- full marathon... you are funny! :)

    Alecia- globo gym...hahaha.

    Kara- maybe you'd appreciate that I also had issues with this "kickboxing" class because the moves did not match up with the beat of the music. It pained me. It's not real kickboxing if it doesn't have gloves and punching bags!

  6. ну вы и обжоры- пейте кофе


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