Learned a lesson w/muscle soreness recovery
Sunday, April 11, 2010
My previous blog, I spoke about my joy of achieving something I hadn't in a long time. I thought about writing another blog later on this evening, when I noticed something weird and had just thought about it at that moment. I worked out 6 days straight this week and I always loathe the first few days of any type of strength training because of the horrible muscle soreness I feel 24-48 hrs later. Soreness that hurts just talking about it makes me hurt. I mean, when a person can't even sit on the toilet properly, now that's pain!!!
What does the title of this blog mean? Well, it means that I did a Power 90 workout on Monday at lunch time and by Tuesday evening and into Wed.....my soreness was very painful, even through a powerwalk on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Jazzercise on Tuesday evening. By Thursday though, soreness no more. I believe my lesson is that if I continue to warm up my muscles with some continuous workouts that aren't consistently intense, my muscles are given time to recover....duh Grace...you should know that, how long have you been doing this? Yea...yea....I know, but I'm 43 going on 44 now and I now believe that I need a bit more time to recover. I try hard not to accept the age thing and that I can handle any pain like I did when I was in my 20's and 30's....cause remember, I'm wonder woman, but I have to accept that I am soon to be a 44 year old Wonder Woman who will continue to uphold her status as that warrior goddess!!!
I feel like I now have more respect for my temple and will continue to take good care. I've always had the mentality of that warrior goddess Wonder Woman no matter what, even if meant competing through injury and pain, but not anymore. I still have that mentality, that of Wonder Woman, however, I am much gentler on her physical being.
I am and always will be a strong and beautiful warrior goddess as Wonder Woman!!!
"Of all people, you know who I am...who the world needs me to be. I'm Wonder Woman."
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Boy, you hit home here. I'm 40, 225lb and am on week 2 of pre-C25K. It's frustrating to want to do more than my body will allow! I haven't figured out yet what my body can or can't manage, but being able to read blogs of people - like you! - who are further ahead on the path really helps encourage me to try, try, try.
2632 days ago
I always think hard workout followed by easy workout. And yeah, I'm 47 so in theory I've got to respect the need to recover.. Still I think age has let me be a bet smarter and patient. I'm kind of amazed how patient persistance adds up. Good luck continuing with P90. Just remember recover is not for wimps, its for us SWWW strong wise wonder woman
2632 days ago
Comment edited on: 4/12/2010 10:38:06 AM
Hey warrior goddess! First, I'm impressed that you do P90!!! I have not had the nerve to try it yet! However, my personal trainer can put me through the paces and she has not respect for the fact that I am 44! I don't know if I've ever shared my little post workout ritual with you before or not, but it is very effective for me. Right after a hard workout or a long run, I soak in a tub of epsom salt. You can buy some bath salts that have muscle relaxing elements added to them. I make my own. I use the chunk sea salt, epsom salt, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary essential oils. I sink down in the tub and just hang out for a while. It really relaxing my muscles and my nervous system. Hey, us super heroes have to take care of ourselves! Battle on Gracie!
2632 days ago
The most important part of any workout is the recovery period because that is when the muscles are actually getting stronger. During the workout itself, the muscle isn't getting stronger, it is being damaged (a necessary first step, but only the first step). During the repair process, the body rebuilds itself to be stronger to withstand the next workout. This is true no matter what your age. It is also true that anyone who short changes her recovery is short changing all those improvements. Or even weakening those muscles by subjecting them to another breakdown before they have repaired themselves to withstand it.
Ok, I'm off my soapbox now -- LOL. I used to want to rush to my next run. And then one day I noticed how much better my run went (faster, stronger) when I rested a full day in between runs. Even if the previous run hadn't left me particularly sore.
You're doing great!
2633 days ago
Getting old is not for the faint of heart!!! And our bodies love to remind us of that fact!! Good for you for still pushing yourself!! And even better, for recognizing that your temple needs some TLC now and then!!
2633 days ago
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