I have a brief story to share with you all about the importance of recovery.
I used to be an avid runner. I loved running. It was a no-brainer to me – 6 days per week, I’d run. That was just my routine, it’s what I did, and it was great!
One day I decided to go for a 10-miler. No big deal. That was normal.
It felt really good, so I decided to go 15.
I found a cool trail and I was feeling good. As I approached 18, I decided I wanted to go for 20.
This was the first time I had ever ran 20 miles. And, frankly, it sucked. The last 2 miles, I just ran in a circle around the same block downtown. Then when I got to 20, I took the bus home.
I was so excited about that, so stoked that I just did that for the first time!
I took maybe 2 days off (for all I know it could have been 0 or 1, I don’t remember) and then went back at it, back to my normal running routine. And you know what happened?
I got injured.
Running became UN-fun. I started to just get annoyed. I just hurt all the time.
This was back before I really knew anything about training and recovery.
What I should have done was taken more time off of running, maybe a week, and really focus on active recovery with mobility and stretching and going for walks.
I don’t want the same to happen to you. With Ski to Sea fast approaching, no doubt you’ve been training for your event. My question for you though is this: what’s your plan for after?
When it’s done, what are you going to do to ensure that you don’t get injured? What’s your recovery plan look like?
If you have no idea, you’re in luck! We have a great option to support you in this.
On May 28th, which is the Tuesday after Ski to Sea, we’re going to be holding 2 recovery classes, one at 12pm and one at 630pm. They’ll be 45 minutes and will cover foam rolling, mobility work, and stretching, so that you recover well and can get back into your training quicker and with less chance of injury!
These sessions will leave you feeling great, and will also give you some great ideas to take into your own recovery time on your own!