Sometimes they call the week after a race a reverse taper week because you slowly ease your way back into your regular running and workout routine, allowing your body to recover from the stress associated with running a race.
I noticed that I was not at all as fatigued/sore as I have been after some of my previous half marathons but I kept my runs easy anyway, I let my pace return to normal naturally and minimized Pure Barre in the few days following the race.
Monday – Yoga, Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 4 miles
I skipped the leg and seat portion of Pure Barre because I didn’t think it was smart to push my quads and hamstrings so quickly after the race. The warm up, arms and ab sections were more than enough!
4 easy miles outside felt amazing. My pace fell where it was comfortable which really wasn’t as slow as I thought it might be less than 48 hours after the half marathon.
An hour or so later I practiced Yoga for Runners, Injury Prevention.
Tuesday – 7 miles & Yoga
I ran 7 miles easy paced on the treadmill which averaged out at around 9:00 min/mile. A little while later I practiced Yoga for hips, hamstrings and back.
Wednesday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 5 Miles
This was my first real day back to Pure Barre in over a week. It’s amazing how the Pure Barre warm up sometimes feels more challenging than the rest of the workout! The planks get me every time. Every single time.
I ran 5 miles following Pure Barre with no plan or structure to the run other than to just run.
Thursday – 8 Miles (5 on the treadmill, 3 outside)
When do we change the clocks already?!!? I can’t take the late sunrises, not because it keeps me from waking up but because I don’t want to run in the dark. I started out on the treadmill until it was light enough for me to run a few miles outside.
I played around with the treadmill incline today which is something I need to do more often to work on hills. I am hoping to keep up the incline runs and create some fun treadmill workouts for us for the winter. It’s on my list 🙂
Friday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 3.1 Miles
I do have a fun 5k workout for us – I plan to share this week!
Saturday – 12 Miles
I think it was the coldest morning so far this season. I ran wearing short sleeves but I was cold for sure, especially my hands. Otherwise the run was uneventful even with the wind blowing — I didn’t care because it wasn’t a race!
Nothing makes me happier than finishing a long run, coming home to shower, putting my pajamas back on with my Pro Compression socks and then sitting down to eat my favorite post run oatmeal in an almost empty peanut butter jar.
Sunday – Rest day from running
I will probably pick a Pure Barre routine to do this morning and/or practice one of the yoga options I mentioned earlier in this recap.
I know I have shared Michele’s yoga home practice guide before, but it’s worth sharing again if you are looking to find some good yoga practices which you can do at home.
Also, before I forget, I have received a few emails/comments recently asking for more information about Pure Barre from home. Since I have written a few posts on the subject, here is the link to my most recent full review on the Pure Barre DVD’s I use with a focus on the new Pure Barre Pure Results online workout.
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