I’ve got to say this last week I really have been surprised with how good my recovery has been. I’ve had harder recovery from training runs. That being said, I will take it! It has been a nice and pleasant surprise.
I chalk this up to a few things. Great running weather the day of the race, but also running a smart race not just the day of the event but leading up to it. I tried to put my body in the best possible place to run this event. The week prior to the race, I did very little running. Just enough, but not as much as I used to. Then after chatting with my online Hypopara Athletes group, I decided the week leading up to the race to up my calcium intake. Then two days prior to it, I upped my Calcitriol. This would ensure that my calcium levels were good for the 13.1 miles, but also help afterwards as well since they would still be in the normal range (meaning elevated for me).
During the race, I continued to use cal-ez in my water. This would ensure that my calcium levels would remain consistent during my run. Did you know that even for a healthy person, your body looses calcium during strenuous exercise and sweating? It’s true and while that may not be good for you, it’s really not good for me. I’m a sweater, so I need to ensure that my levels don’t drop.
Than post race, I did some stretching. I think maybe even the long walk to meet my group might have helped too. Then home to a nice warm Epsom salt bath and some rest. I admit that I may have soaked a few times this past week, but you know…
Anyway, this has been a good week. It has given me hope.
I will also admit though that I did not run at all this week. I have done lots of stretching and kept active teaching my preschool gymnastic classes. This has been just right.
Tomorrow I run and I can’t wait:)