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Post Run Active Recovery…

December 2012

I wrote the other day about my typical active recovery plan after a long run…  A nice easy ride, slow speed, high cadence.   This minimizes the pain involved in getting the legs moving again…  If I ride day of the run, my legs will loosen up within a mile (3-4 minutes), day after maybe three miles (12 minutes) and two days after 5 miles (20 minutes).  There is a minimal amount of pain associated with the process, it’s more or less just uncomfortable.

Elisariva, on the other hand, suggests a day after run…  To tell you the truth, I never thought about running again the day after a long run to recover – I do have one friend who does this regularly, but most everyone else that I run with think he’s nuts.  I’ve certainly never had a desire to run, even a couple of slow miles, after a half marathon or anything more than a 10k.  I absolutely hate how running feels day after.

That said, I suppose if you could turn that into your wont if you so chose.  Me?  Ah, yeah, I don’t think so.

The thing I like about active recovery is that I can heal up and go again right away where I’d be waiting for days to feel human again after a decent longer run – and it keeps me active with my kids.

Speaking of kids, both of my daughters passed their respective swim classes…  Isabella (9) did so well that her instructor said that she could skip a class into level six.  Josie (6) did well also and passed into level four with flying colors.  They’ve both got me beaten by an order of magnitude – I was deathly afraid of the water until my mother forced me into swimming lessons at 12 years old.

Other than that, I’ve been working overtime lately between trying to keep my guys busy and getting my house fixed up again…  Between that and swimming lessons every Monday and Wednesday, I’m running on fumes so I haven’t been able to post much.  For that I apologize, but sometimes life just gets in the way of all of the fun stuff.


  1. elisariva says:

    I came across a post I wrote three days after I did the half iron tri. I had taken two days off completely and was still sore when I swam on day three. Yesterday was day three after running easy two days in a town following a marathon. I felt fine and I had to race through airports. I didn’t feel any muscle soreness. It works!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Indeed – I ran into the same thing after my half marathon… Felt rough on Saturday, bad on Sunday but after my spin on Monday I was right as rain.

      Thanks for posting the comment, I’ll work that into the post.

  2. […] a marathon less than 72 hours prior and all of the aches and soreness had passed. My friend Jim at Fit Recovery was surprised to read that I ran the day after the marathon to speed up recovery. He is also a […]

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