Such a thing of beauty!
Which brings me to the question of why. Why exactly am I so sore after I race? I can see it after a half-marathon, but seriously, a 5K? I don't get why my legs hurt so badly. I have a new area of pain after yesterday's race that has joined my calves: my butt. Yes, my butt. Really, it's my upper right hamstring, but it does extend into my gluteus maximus, and it hurts when I sit. I have figured out a great way to roll it, though, and wow does it ever feel
Anyway, back to the why. I have only one hypothesis. I think I am pushing myself too hard during my races. Or, at least, harder than I trained myself to go. Not that I am going to stop pushing myself hard during races, not by any extreme, but I don't know why else my muscles would respond in this way. Unless this is typical... but I haven't heard other runners expressing the same discomfort after measily 5K's.
Today's rest day ended with a nice long hot soak in the tub, and of course some more rolling. Tomorrow I am planning on working my arms heavily, and my core a bit. Still going to baby my legs, as I have a tempo run scheduled for Wednesday morning at 6 AM that is already scaring me. Hopefully one more day off will do the trick.