Tonight (Monday) I ran for the first time since the 10K on Saturday. The 10K left me tired, disappointed, with a heel blister and a bloody nipple. I had planned on running easy yesterday (Sunday), but all the reading I have been doing lately (books, blogs, RW, etc.) all encourage sufficient recovery time. If you feel like you need an extra day, take it. And I needed it. So I skipped yesterday.
Tonight, I felt a tad bit anxious getting back on the treadmill. Would my blister hurt? How would I feel? I set it at a relatively easy pace, put iPod on and away I went.
The answer: I felt great. Even Had to check heart rate a couple of times to make sure it wasn't too slow (it wasn't). An easy 5.4 in 44 minutes at an 8:17 pace.
It is workouts like this that let me build back the confidence for the harder races, the half marys and the marathons to come.
And I entered the 10K on June 13 in Central Park. I will re-run the race from Saturday better and smarter.