The Day-After Workout

Hey, Coach R. I heard you don’t like it when runners skip a workout the day after a long run. Is this true? Isn’t it better that I rest and relax?

—Dale P., Farmingdale

Let me guess. This is really about chafing, isn’t it? You turned aside from the Word According to Coach Randy and neglected to apply BodyGlide or Nut Butter or Vaseline to your unmentionables and other danger spots before yesterday’s long push.

Then you came home, disrobed, and the moment you stepped into the streaming water in the shower, your body gave you a sharp rebuke about some pretty significant chafing in areas you’ve never before thought could be chafed.

And today you’re still feeling it. Rookie mistake. No need for me to say I told you so when I can let the good book do it.

Someone may be chastened on a bed of pain. Job 33:19

Well, don’t worry, I’m not going to say you gotta work hard today. But next time, the day after a long run, I’d rather see you moving a little bit to shake out the kinks rather than resting on your rump.

Save your rest day for later in the week. Today, if you get yourself appropriately lubed and bandaged up, I’d suggest you roll three miles, dead easy. Just to get the blood flowing and limbs flailing. Sometimes running easy is very hard to do. Concentrate on keeping your pace as steady yet gentle as you can manage, stay WAY within your breath.

And then maybe some core work when you get back to base. A full round of planksfront, back, and both sides, one-minute apiece.

Easy. And a little hard. Nice combo.

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26