Down-time is crucial for success and the more so after a long race. After the half-marathon, which took place basically at night, I went to the infrared sauna. It was past midnight already but the sauna complex of the spa was still open to welcome runners after their finish line. We stayed at the spa hotel, so obviously, I wanted to take a maximum of it. 20 minutes of infrared radiation that penetrates the muscle tissues deeply – just the thing I needed to finally start feeling tired and get the adrenalin back down. Fell asleep around 1am and woke up a bit after 7am because simply couldn’t sleep. Morning swim, breakfast, some more sauna therapy and train home. Did sleep 3 more hours in the afternoon, the race finally got to me! True recovery time. The body needs some rest so I could take in the very last harder runs before the marathon, which is only 3 weeks away. Some days it is important not to rush forward but take a moment for yourself. This is exactly what I did.
1. Own and live in a house.
Down-time. I do think we talked about the next weekend and that we should do something about the land.
2. Write AND publish a book.
Wrote a few words of creative stuff on our way back home. Didn’t touch the computer at home though. Will I make it to the deadline?
3. Win a major race.
Recovery day. 250 metres of swimming, 20 minutes of infrared sauna, 10 minutes of steam sauna with salt, a few minutes in the regular sauna, muscle rolling and stretching in the evening. Didn’t walk too much, not even 7,000 steps. Then again, the steps taken in the spa weren’t counted because I wasn’t wearing the watch.
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When it comes to cats, it is all about recovery and recharging!