Running After The Half Marathon

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 2, 2009

I was ready to re-live my half marathon experience on Thursday with my first run since the race!!


Unfortunately, my legs said otherwise!

Here I was thinking that 3 complete days of rest was more than enough. My legs told me otherwise, especially after mile 3.  

The run:

  • 4 miles
  • Duration: 38 mins
  • Avg pace: 9:30 min/mile
  • Max pace: 8:09 min/mile

When I got home I was stiff, stiff stiff and my legs were very sore. Immediately into an Epsom Salt bath I went. Ommmm.

For those of you who run races, what does your post-race plan usually look like?

The reason I have not committed to the Toronto Half Marathon on Oct 18th is because I am waiting to see how my body bounces back from the half on Sunday. I hope to have my decision by early next week.


Race Pictures!

To download the digital picture file they want $60 bucks! :(

I hate how they try to capitalize on runners who just want a photo of all their hard work! I mean $60 bucks for a digital file? That isn’t even for a print!

I’m in the black tank/white cap:


All I remember thinking was, ‘Sweet, I finally don’t have to run anymore. Walking hurts, walking hurts. Must pee.’



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Sketchie covers his eyes when he sleeps. He needs a sleep mask!


Sketchie = 0, Cat bed = 54


He now sleeps in his cat bed everyday from about 12-7pm. lol. And again from 8-10pm. And again from 10-midnight. ;)


I also love when he curls his toes…


He sleeps with one eye open…


Sketchie also has crazy dreams. The other day I caught him whimpering and smacking his lips pretending to eat! I fed him an extra scoop of food that day. ;)

What cute things do your pets do when they sleep?


I’m off to sort out this Canada Post issue. Hopefully this is the last call I will have to make to them! I know the tech support by name now…I’m not even joking!


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

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Jocelyn October 2, 2009 at 8:54 am

awwwwwww Sketchie is so cute Angela! I wish I were not so allergic to cats sometimes :(

You are right to hang back a little before signing up for that marathon I think :) Would not be good going into it sore and possibly injuring yourself!
Have a great day!


Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

Awww Sketchie is soo cute.. I think he is the only cat I like… jkjk but I am defiently a dog person.. I usually wait a week after a race.. I will do walking and eliptical training during the week to losen up my legs a little bit during the week.


Kristen October 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

My post-half training plan usually looks a lot like this:
No running, no running, no running, ok run-ouch it hurts, no running, ok run- ooh still hurts a bit but less than before, no running, man I’m slow, no running, ok now I feel like I can run again.

It takes me a few weeks to get back to wanting to work hard and to being able to work hard. I still do yoga and weights and a little bit of cross training in the mean time, but it takes a bit to get my running groove back.

Good luck with your decision!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

ok glad Im not the only one. I hear of people running the day after and Im like what?


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 2, 2009 at 9:10 am

Ohhh yay for race pictures! They look great. I am with Megan – I do not like cats but your cat is gorgeous!


Allie October 2, 2009 at 9:19 am

I took a week off after my half marathon and then another week, and then another… It was so hard to get back into running with taking so much time off and it was like I had to start completely over. I would recommend not taking TOO much time off :)


April October 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

Boomer yips and runs in her sleep. The yips are so cute because it sounds like she’s a little puppy but she’s a 10 year old lady :)


Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

Sketchie is so cute! I love watching my pets sleep — they are adorable! My dog has nightmares a lot and always cries and moves her little paws as if she is running. Having pets makes life so much better!


AGS October 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

I find regular light exercise is good after long runs/races. By light exercise, I mean run/walk for about 30 minutes each day for a week. The goal is to keep your legs limber, but to give them a break. And check to see how your sneakers are holding up, too!

Our family dog used to sometimes yip in his sleep. We put him down at age 17 a month ago. My mom promptly donated all of our “dog” possessions. . . it would have been hard to have looked at that empty bed each day, and it’s nice to think of another dog getting use out of the bed, bowls, etc.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

That is a really good idea to donate those items!


Amy October 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

I just want to kiss Sketchies whole face!

As for my post race plan… usually it takes me a good month to get out running again. Training is so time consuming. I do most of my training in a group setting with the Running Room, and it sucks up Tues – Wed evenings and every Sunday morning. I love having a little personal time again!!


katie October 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

What kind of Breed is Sketchy? I am looking to get a pet, and think right now a cat would suit my lifestyle best, even though I am very much a dog person! HAHA But I just love the looks of Sketchy! Oh, and where did you get him? I also live in Ontario:)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

He’s a Bengal. I suggest doing your research on them because they are VERY time demanding and not like typical cats. ;)


Nicole October 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

I loooove it when Pokey makes cute little noises while he is sleeping. He also makes the cutest faces when I’m trying to take pictures of him, like he is trying to say, “Why are you doing this? Please stop! You are annoying.” Of course, I never do, because I am his personal paparazzi :D

The look:


Amanda October 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

My father is a former marathoner and he explained that for every mile you run you should rest/take it easy. So for half marathon you should take it easy for 13 days.


Catherine October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

One theory is that after a hard race in which you gave it your all – you need one day of rest (active or not) for each mile you ran. I used this after both my half-marathons and all the 10Ks I’ve run and found it to be pretty true. I do some light jogging (10-11 minute miles but for someone else the pace would be different) which I consider active rest. I’ll also do some light swimming, hiking (I HATE walking on treadmills), aerobics or biking. I don’t find that I need 3 days after a 5K though to continue hard training. I was looking for a link to give you the background, but I couldn’t find it right away. However, this is why long distance track athletes do not compete in every meet while sprinters can.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

Great info!
The race actually sent us all an email with that exact suggestion regarding rest for each mile. I didn’t know it included active rest though. Good tip!


Tracey @ TropicalHappiness October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

My cousin did a half last year… she felt amazing the day of the half, and the following day. Two days later delayed-onset soreness set in and she was super sore for quite a few days. So if you ran on Sunday, it might be that your soreness peaked Tuesday/Wednesday, which means you would still be feeling it by your Thursday run. I’d suggest a short (1 mile?) walk today just to stretch out your muscles but not put ANY strain on it, and see how you feel by the weekend.
Love love love Sketchie. One of my kitties snores in her sleep. And she loves to sleep under a tent blanket. No joke- I make her one every evening on the couch (a blanket across a few pillows) and she stays in there all evening! LOL!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

Sketchie loves the tent blankets too :)

Yup you are right about the delayed soreness. My peak was Tuesday. Just going to take it slow for now and rest up


Courtney October 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

After my triathlon Sunday I took Monday and Tuesday off and went to the gym Wednesday and Thursday for some cross/strength training. I could tell I still felt sore and a little off, but felt good to move those muscles around!

My golden retriever sleeps with his eyes open…FREAKY! And my little border collie mix runs in her sleep..must be herding up some cows in her dreams!!! HA!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

Sleeps with her eyes OPEN??? lol. That is creepy! but still cute in an odd way haha


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

oops meant his eyes ;)


caitlin October 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

everything maggie does is cute :) james, too!


Jessica October 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

wowsa lady rest rest rest! lol. do you ice your muscles at all? that has been helping me a lot lately too. and i KNOW you stretch. i need to start doing that more.
i love sketchie and his cat bed.. and tht he is always in it. lol. kinda like my cat slinky on MY bed. LOL.


antonella October 2, 2009 at 11:00 am

my little man runs…whimpers and barks in his sleep…and makes the cutest little moaning sound when he is very comfortable…love him!



Krista October 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

One of my cats snores REALLY loud! Another twitches alot.


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 2, 2009 at 11:09 am

omg sketchy is so cute! I don’t have a pet–but I think I want a sketchy!


jen October 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

i just did a 22km run on saturday, i got a muscle massage on sunday which i think helped a ton because i was able to resume my usual cross training on monday as usual.

although with running specifically, its recommended you take a day off for each mile you do, so about two weeks, NO LONG RUNS, and no running at all for a week. Crosstraining for the next few weeks is the way to go, so you still get all the circulation to the healing muscles

i read that even though you may feel better, taking a week off allows all the internal healing to happen, and in general just listen to you body like you did, if you feel sore or pain back off. everyone’s recovery is different.

also keeping a log of your recovery process. two days after i wrote everything i did to see what works and what doesn’t so i know for my next race.



Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Great advice!


Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

Oh my goodness – Sketchie is so cute!

Our dog Blue will “make her bed” every night before going to sleep… she has this fleece blanket and a couple pillows on the ground, and she’ll paw at them and nudge the corner this way or that with her nose… sometimes if she’s really tired she kind of groans and moans while doing it. Just like a person, it’s hilarious to watch!

My cat has been into sleeping on his back lately… toes up in the air, Sketchie-style… haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I knew a dog that used to pull his cover over him- just like a person!!! It was the cutest thing ever.


Carrie October 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

Your cat is so cute! Is he/she(?) a special breed?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Bengal :)


Allison October 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

Awwww I LOVE these kitty pictures!! I’m such a cat person (not the hoarding 20 cats in one house kinda haha) but I think everything my kitten does is the cutest thing ever. She tries to defy gravity alot and jump to the highest points in the house that she can find which is so entertaining to watch… she’s reached the tops of our highest bookcases, our china cabinet, and just about everything else. Sketchie is Adoooorable!!!!! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

LOL @ defy gravity!!!
Sketchie climbs the bookcase in our office.


katerina October 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

Maybe you just went out too fast? That seems like a pretty speedy run for three days later.

When I ran my half I was actually surprised that I was able to bounce back into running and had a decent run three days later. That said, my body was tired of training so I took some time off. It was almost more of a mental fatigue then physical. I felt less like running then usual.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Yea I def. think I was running too fast in retrospect!


Jenna (WholeBodyLove) October 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Our dogs both move their paws as if they are running in their sleep and my fiance’s dog, Peanut, will bark in her sleep! We always joke that they’re chasing bunnies ;)


Anne P October 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Oh man… I am so obsessed with Sketchie!!!! SO freakin cute.

In other news, I FINALLY started a new blog!! Go see :)


Janna (Just Flourishing) October 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Omg I love Sketchie!

I always have a problem with having to pee during a race! It is the worst!


Jessie October 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Sketchy is too cute! I just wanna hug him!


Alyson October 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hi Angela! i”m glad you enjoyed my smoothie recipe, thanks for posting it on the website…i just started school again, the first hetic week, and have been slacking on my smoothie making, seeing it on the website this morning was just the push i needed!!!

Also congratulations on your race!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm

It was delicious! Thanks for sharing :)


Hallie October 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

My puppy gets nightmares. It’s cute when she’s having happy dreams and her tail is wagging, but most of the time, she wimpers and shakes around until we wake her up (“it’s ok baby, it’s ok”). We think something traumatic happened to her before we adopted her, so that’s why it’s so sad when she gets bad dreams…once in awhile would be one thing but it happens a lot.


Natalie October 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm

That is impressive you ran 4 miles after that race, I would probably give yourself at least a week off from running, maybe try to do other things to get your workout in that don’t use your joints as much (biking, walking, pilates, weights). You don’t want to injure yourself and not be able to run for a LONG time…that would be the worst, huh?

Your cat is way cute though, and I love my dog because when he is tired he will lie there and rub his paw over his nose, like it is itching…very cute!


Milca October 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Sketchie is so cute, and I hate cats!! I’ve never been a cat person. My dog Sugar is hilarious she rolls herself in her blanket so she’s absolutely in the dark. She makes her bed all nice and comfortable for her. It’s actually pretty hi;arious to watch. Have a good weekend!


Diana October 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

60 bucks? Ouch.
Sketchy’s really cute! My best friend has a kitty and today I took some reaaaally cute pictures of him. I may post them later :)


Suzanne October 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm

The first run after a long run is going to be tough. For a half-marathon I take two days off then do a few days of short (3-4 miles) runs then I’m usually fine to get back to my usual base mileage. For a marathon I take 2 or 3 days off, do some short runs and then do my taper week schedule.

The more long runs you do, the more you will get used to it and your body will recover more quickly.


Tay October 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm

LOL “must pee”. Sounds about right ;-)
Don’t worry – you’ll run soon enough. Don’t push it! After my full marathon, I waited about 4-5 days to run and it was TOUGH!! But then I pushed through calf pain and increased my mileage WAY to fast and have a permanently sore calf because of it. Never went away – even with PT! After my half, I just went with how I was feeling. You’ll get your running groove back again!


Jenny Eastwood October 3, 2009 at 2:49 am

Awww! You actually have the cutest cat ever. Apart from mine of course ;) Haha I like your train of thought when you finished the race “walking hurts, must pee” :) Prioritizing right there!


Maria October 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I’m not a cat fan, but if I had a Sketchie I just might be. He’s the most hilarious cat I’ve seen. So much personality. He makes me giggle.

How did he get that name? :D


Emily October 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

Why do so many people dislike cats? Cats are awesome!!! Sketchie is beautiful and full of personality.
My cat is so cute and everything she does makes me smile. She has a super long tongue and half the time it sticks out of her mouth. She’ll look at me, like “What?” with her tongue out like a bulldog.


Kate October 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Cats are the best! When my cat sleeps, she tends to get so relaxed that her tongue sticks out. Just the tip of it, but she is dark gray, so its super cute to see a bright pink tongue sticking out of her mouth and she has no idea!! It makes me laugh out loud every time. Sometimes I’ll mess with her and touch it (it’s always so warm).

Post runs typically involve either an epsom salt bath, lots of running yoga poses, core strengthening and/or leg exercises, and if I’m lucky, a shoulder and neck massage!! :) Not always lucky, though! ;)


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