Recovery Week

Posted: February 21, 2016 in My Story
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Recovery Week

Hot on the heels of the extremely wet but surprisingly successful First Half Half Marathon on Valentine’s Day, I spent much of last week being pretty inactive. Here are my excuses well thought-out reasons justifying ‘Recovery Week’:

  • The rain – honestly, I just couldn’t take being drenched anymore
  • Work – a very busy week, resulting in quite a bit of working from home after hours
  • Recovery – I pushed pretty hard in this year’s first half marathon, I felt I ‘deserved’ some self-care
  • Sheer laziness

Despite all of the excuses (because, face it, that’s what they are), I still accomplished a wee bit. This is what the week looked like…


OK – generally, I’ve been attending Coach Carey’s running clinic. But it was the day after the half, and it was pouring…and I mean pouring. Emotionally, I just couldn’t handle being soaked to the bone. I stayed home and watched The Biggest Loser.

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Although I didn’t think I’d be able to fit it in, Jill and I still went for a quick gym workout. It wasn’t anything significant – some cardio on the bikes, a few kettlebells and body weight exercises. Our mantra is: “Something is better than nothing!”

Our community choir started up again for a new season after 2 weeks off following our concert in January. I think to think of singing as a form of wellness – or spiritual/emotional fitness – even if it’s not physical.


Wednesday was one of those days – where you can’t believe where the day has gone, but feel like nothing got done. Work came home with me, after a visit to my chiropractor (Brenda – who is awesome, by the way – an Ironman competitor and all-round inspiration!)


I was working late on Wednesday and it was raining, and again the thought of running in the rain dissuaded me from getting up early to run with the #RunVan gang.

As part of my BibRave Pro ambassadorship, I got a sample of Luvo frozen foods. They arrived in this gigantic cooler:


…which I had to manhandle with me to physio. NOTE: a review of the food will be forthcoming!

The good news about physio – after some dry needling and electric shocks – is that things are improving. The strengthening exercises I’ve been doing seem to be helping. Staying positive and hopeful!

If you haven’t had dry needling – it basically uses acupuncture needles, but they go deeper into ‘trigger points’ and cause some remarkably painful muscle contractions. This serves to ‘tire out’ the muscle and help it relax. A few minutes of that and I was sweating. So, in reality, I didn’t need a workout at all!


Another busy day, with the added bonus of Pilates after work! The instructor, Christie (you can visit her website here), asked me about my race and I told her it had gone well. She asked what I attributed it to and I answered, truthfully: “Pilates”. It has helped me build my core strength and, I believe, improve my running. That and, I’d like to think, a good attitude!


Heavens be blessed, no rain! Joined the Forerunners gang and ran the shortest of the three distances available: 12 kilometres. Those training for the Vancouver Marathon ran 24 kilometres. And those training for Boston – coming up in April – ran 30 kilometres (Laurel – you’re my hero!). It was also a great chance to catch up with running buddy Emily. We always have a great chat!


Another rain-free day! Slept in a bit, but decided I couldn’t close out the week without at least one more run. Enjoyed the sights of Stanley Park, and did about 8 kilometres.

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And that’s the week that was! In retrospect, not too shabby for a recovery week!

What do you do the week after a tough race? Do you relax or keep going?

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  1. Emily says:

    Oh man I love that photo of the trail through pines/cedars. Good on you for getting out again!

  2. Coco says:

    Such lovely pictures! It’s a good idea to cut back after a race – your body needs that recovery time – but I’m afraid to get out of my routine so I try to do something.
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  3. I actually like recovery weeks! As long as they only last for 1-2 weeks and it isn’t because of injury. That dry needling sounds painful! I’m trying to avoid any and all kinds of treatments for my PF. As if it doesn’t hurt enough on it’s own…
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  4. Eeeek I’m not sure I could do the dry needling. I have been known to faint after seeing and thinking about needles. So I’m not sure this would work for me, course after I’m laid out on the floor my muscles would be relaxed, lol. Thanks Bradley for linking up! recently posted…Weekly Wrap 29 Oxford MS WeekendMy Profile

  5. Karen says:

    After a tough race, I rest 🙂
    The dry needling sounds tough! If it helps, though, why not!? I do have my limits with rain as well, sometimes it is hard to get motivated to get drenched, especially when you have already run the race 🙂

  6. Sounds like you needed the rest! Nice, scenic route for your run on Sunday! I had a rough race this past Saturday. I’ve rested a lot this week. The weather hasn’t been very cooperative either. We had some rough storms earlier this week. Hoping to get back at it tomorrow and get some runs in over the weekend.
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