5 days until race day! I am getting more and more excited by the minute! I have so many things running through my mind right now about all of the things that I still have to do before the end of the week. It's kind of weird because if I didn't have a race this weekend then I wouldn't be getting very much sleep this week due to studying for midterms. But this is really not the week to skimp on sleep. I love going to bed early though so this shouldn't be too much of a problem.
I have been trying to figure out how much and when I should run this week. My legs have been crazy tight from my hard run Tuesday and P90X yoga on Thursday so I want to let them recover but still get in enough miles. I went for a short two mile run last night but my knee started hurting about half way through so I started to get concerned.
I decided to try to run again tonight with three easy miles. The knee had calmed down and wasn't hurting at all! My legs were super tired still though. I stopped a few times for some stretching and that really seemed to help. I try not to stop during runs but sometimes a little stretching can make a big difference. Despite how my legs were feeling, it was a gorgeous day and I was so thankful to be able to run later in the afternoon.
After I finished my run I went into full recovery mode. I drank a glass of chocolate milk followed by some water, and then stretched and foam rolled for about half an hour. Foam rolling hurt pretty badly and I had to keep taking breaks but my legs felt so much better once I was done. I'm actually amazed at how much of a difference some TLC can make!
Now I'm off to bed to catch some extra z's. This week is all about rest and preparing for the big day!