(DOMS=Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
After Monday’s boot camp and a speedy tempo run yesterday (3.5 miles in 30 min!), my quads are SCREAMING at me. Walking to work this morning felt like I was lugging huge weights on each leg.
This morning, since I have another Junior League meeting tonight and plans at lunch, I hopped on the bike for an easy half hour to hopefully work out some of the residual soreness. It didn’t help too much, but at least I got in some exercise while watching The Today Show. Afterwards, I had a hot few minutes with my stick.
When you have delayed muscle soreness like this, you’re supposed to take care of your muscles the same way you normally do when they’re sore—stretching, yoga, massage, etc.—but you should also be mindful of why they’re so sore (did you start a new routine? Push yourself too hard?) and make sure to get active recovery in. That means, don’t stop working out just because it hurts, but take an easy day.
I took an easy day today, but I’m trying to decide if I should do my speed work tomorrow (I was supposed to do it yesterday but I switched my workouts around because I didn’t have time for the speed work yesterday) or take another easy day, or maybe another cross-training day.
Eat in Month be damned, I was craving a spinach feta wrap from Starbucks this morning…so I got it.