So what made such a difference in one week? I wasn't really sure until I ran across an article from the Running Times about Heavy Legged Syndrome. The cure stated by the author for heavy legged syndrome in that article was a long slow run. The day after my 10k I had gone for a long slow run, and it was slow. It took me over two hours and 15 minutes to get done with a thirteen mile run when normally I am done in under two hours. They don't really give a specific or scientific reason why it works other than heavy legs seem to come from over training and the remedy is to oxygenate your body with longish runs.
"Home is where you find comfort. It's where you go to sleep, to rest. Your long aerobic run is your home base. It's where you go to feel comfortable."
Of course other article talked about how heavy legs are the result of over training and the only cure is rest. I had also taken it pretty easy the rest of that week with an elliptical workout and a light interval workout. Me being a woman I am susceptible to anemia, so really there could be multiple causes or reasons why I had heavy legs. I found it interesting though and it seemed to have worked for me coincidence or not! I have also read about how that time of the month can affect performance too so maybe there was some of that going on. I don't know that I have been over training so hmm. Things to think about I guess.
What do you do when you have heavy legs?
Linking up today with Jill over at As I See It for Fitness Friday Bloghop
Have a great Friday, who is racing this weekend? Not me. I don't have any races for 2 weeks, wow and I just realized my next half marathon is only three weeks away!