Recovering From Injury 101: Chips N’ Dip and Fat Tug

So, it’s been a little over three weeks since my 25K race and I wanted to give a bit of an update. In all honesty, there’s not a ton to talk about other than I’ve been struggling with what I HOPE is a minor injury.

For those of you who read my three part series you’ll know I battled some physical injuries during the race. In short, my left quad felt really tight and sore (probably some sort of muscle pull), and my right knee developed this ability to shoot lightning bolts of pain throughout the right side my body (not really sure what happened, I hope I just twisted it). So, what I’m really saying is I have done sweet-butt-all since the race.

The best “recovery” training beer known to the human race.

I had planned to take at least a week off from running, given the fact my body – more specifically my legs – would need some solid rest. However, about two-and-a-half weeks after my race I went for my first run. I didn’t go far – 6k on the flat road. At the time, I felt fine – I actually felt really good. But the next morning I could hardly get out of bed! My quad was so tight and sore, similar to how it felt the day after my race (IE, not good).

Anyways, it’s been a great excuse to lay around, drink lots of beer and eat whatever I want… not the standard recommended recovery practices, but I keep telling myself to “enjoy it while it lasts”. Not to mention I also leave for a two week vacation soon…

Sooo…. why push myself too hard now, right? (I know, I know – not a good idea)

BUT – I have been going to the gym. Riding the bike seems to still bother my quad a little, but I THINK it’s getting better. I’ve also been lifting weights and trying to do anything to keep in some sort of shape. I’m not sure if eating Old Dutch chips with Helluva good dip and drinking growlers of Fat Tug count as cardio though…

Diet of champions and winners.

But it’s not all bad. On the plus side I am 95% sure that my right knee is all better and shouldn’t be an issue when I do start running hard again.

A lot of people have told me to just rest, let my quad get better, and not push it. It’s been really hard though, especially with this steadily improving weather. Alas, my plan is to keep up the weights and some light cardio for the next couple of weeks and HOPEFULLY my quad will be good to go by early April. That gives me six weeks to train for 35K at the end of May… Not the smartest, or best training plan, but I refuse to make excuses and I refuse to give up.

Plus, who doesn’t like a little challenge when training for their longest trail race… but for now I look forward to resting and recovering on a warm beach.

Maybe I’ll try running in the sand. Maybe.

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