After a hard run, or any sufficiently intense workout, I can sometimes be sore for a few days. That’s not uncommon but it is sometimes…
We could not have asked for better weather for the Independence Day Ralph Appezzato Charity Event 5K this year. The RACE is a great event for a few reasons. The 5K is on the parade route for the Alameda Fourth of July Parade. People line up to watch the parade along the entire route, so there are spectators, many of whom cheer enthusiastically, from the start to the finish. The spectators don’t dwindle at the end either; most will be there until the parade finishes.
Having spectators along the entire route may not be the best thing for every race, but for a July Fourth morning race it’s a lot of fun to be cheered on, even at the back of the pack. And I have to give the race organizers credit for ingenuity holding the race on a course that has already been closed to traffic for the parade.
I’d never gone for a run on sand before. I’ve heard some advocates of barefoot running claim that running barefoot on sand encourages good form, improves ground feel, and so on. Since now I live so near to a stretch of beach it seems that I have a good opportunity to get some variety in my workouts, even more so because I’m not in a position yet to be working on getting fast. Keeping it interesting while possibly helping to improve form is a great plan. I can’t imagine that running on sand could be bad for me.
Truth to tell, this was mostly a walk. Rather than start out running and then take walk breaks, I went out walking and didn’t plan to try to run until I got to the beach. I wanted my legs (and lungs) somewhat fresh when I started on the sand, and furthermore I needed to get my legs warmed up before I was going to be capable of anything like running. After [my run on Wednesday](/node/1540) my legs were stiff and sore for days — I was still having trouble just walking or getting up from a seated position four days later.