Wow, I am in pain today after yesterday’s half marathon! It was not easy trying to not limp like a wuss climbing the stairs to my department this morning. Just like it wasn’t easy climbing out of bed this morning after such a weekend! I should get a medal for that too. :-) I’m lacking in energy today, I was happy to park it at my desk most of the day and move in slow motion! I actually thought about working in a little cardio after work, but decided Smokey has the right idea and I earned a rest day and intend to enjoy it.
Really everyday is a rest day for her though.
My post-race dinner last night was simple, hubby decided to celebrate St. Patty’s day with corned beef, so I steamed up cabbage and carrots separately to go with it and snatched a serving for myself to dip in stone-ground mustard. Served with a creamy avocado salad packed with sprouted chickpeas.
Steamed cabbage and carrots are tasty dipped in mustard and very filling. But my appetite was raging by the evening, so I chased this with protein banana soft serve.
Today I had no drive to get creative in the kitchen and certainly not to clean it after! I was glad my pre-race rice dinner made tons of leftovers, perfect for a fast lunch that was hot and comforting in today’s chilly and rainy weather. And I still have leftovers for tomorrow!
Tonight’s dinner was leftover salad from last night with sauteed tempeh cubes on top.
I liked the texture of the charred tempeh, it had a heartier crunch with a savory flavor.
I also had more sourdough bread to go with the salad and grapes for dessert. My appetite is still crazy today after the race, being tired and sore probably didn’t help. But I’m looking forward to things settling down in that area.
I can be funny about races putting too much pressure on myself or stressing more about it than I need to. In the week leading up to the half marathon, I was thinking it would be my last half for awhile because the tiring training schedule and appetite spikes were just too much while juggling work and everything else. But, as I was flipping through race ads my Runner’s World magazine, I was tempted to sign up for a destination half marathon. I didn’t deciding I’m not ready to travel for a race, but all the excitement yesterday got me thinking about more runs and how fun it would be to run the Golden Gate Bridge. But I won’t, I want more time to mountain bike, hike and maybe work on my pace more with shorter runs this summer.
How long do you rest after races?