Last Week’s Workouts – Recovery Mode

Last week's workouts - recovery mode |

Last week’s workouts were less about workouts and more about recovery mode from the Vermont 50k.

Prior to race day, I had planned on taking one whole week off from exercise anyway. But then, the bee stings at around mile 18 happened and that became more of a total rest type of recovery than what I had envisioned.

Monday morning rolled around and I woke up feeling tired. I slept maybe 2 hours total Sunday night. I knew it was coming since I rarely sleep well the night after a race. My ankle/leg was itchy and swollen from the bee stings but nothing too crazy. I was sore, like gripping the banister to get down the stairs, sore. I wisely had planned for the day off from work so I could relax and be a bum all by myself.

When Ron came home from work that evening, he looked at my ankle and promptly said, “Maybe you should get that checked out?”

The swelling was worse. My ankle/lower leg was so puffed out and hard that it felt like it was going to burst.  I’d get burning sensations and intense itching fits. I then decided to go to the Walk In Clinic.

The funny thing is that the way it looked ^^^ that night wasn’t even the worst of it. The next day it was worse.

When I walked out of the clinic, I had a prescription for Prednisone and Hydrocortisone and instructions to stay off my foot as much as possible with it elevated for the next day or two.

Good times.

So my recovery mostly consisted of couch lounging and Netflix watching. By the way, I am so sick of TV.

By Wednesday, the swelling had gone done but was still puffy. I could finally make out some bones in my foot.  And amazingly, my muscle soreness was gone. I never felt that good so soon after a marathon. Maybe 50k’s are my thing? 😉

When Thursday rolled around I was feeling good as new. No swelling, no soreness. However, I was still committed to no exercise until Saturday.


3.54 mile run, 8:47 avg/pace

I rolled out of bed Saturday to 33 degrees. Yes, that’s right 33. Thankfully, the sun was out which made a world of difference but it was still c-o-l-d. I was ready to run but I was not ready for the cold temps.  It’s too soon!

As much as I didn’t want to, the long tights came out. I thought for sure I had at least another month of shorts. Womp. Womp. Womp.

My legs felt springy for the whole run. I did notice a little right quad soreness but mostly I felt really good. Yay!


6.3 mile run, 8:36 avg/pace

Kyle and I met up for a run so I could give her all the details of VT50k. It was another morning of 30 something degree temps with frost on the ground. The sun was shining and our mouths were running as fast as our legs.

It felt good to run with no plan. I miss that. I’m looking forward to the off season to do whatever I want until I nail down my plans for 2020. I’ve already got some ideas.

How was your week in workouts?

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9 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts – Recovery Mode

  1. That is freaky about your ankle! Years ago, when we still had hamsters, One of them bit me at the crook between my thumb and forefinger. The next morning (like 9 hours later), my thumb was swollen to almost twice its size, no knuckle “wrinkles” were visible and I could not bend it. I honestly cannot remember what the doctor gave me, but it returned to normal within a day or so…but that was freaky, too! Obviously, the cute little animal had something icky on his teeth LOL Glad your forced recovery worked such magic on you so quickly! OMG…your temps are way too cold way too early!!

  2. I’m glad your ankle is better! That’s crazy how much is swelled up. The temps really dropped quickly. Right now 30 degrees seems SO cold but in a few months that will seems warm!

  3. ugh I always worry about bee stings when I see them around. I remember when I was young and I stepped on a bee and got stung! my foot was like three times the normal size. good that you rested and let it heal and settle down a bit.

    I’m not really working out consistently at the moment… 🙁 I am just trying hard to get out of my funk but have a lot of stress that’s keeping me in a bad place. Tomorrow we go to Chicago so hopefully I can relax a bit (even though not running the marathon is still making me sad, I’m happy to get to see friends and be “home” for 10 days).

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