Ah, just what I need.
Unfortunately, I am not relaxing on the beaches of Aruba with a beer as pictured above. But I am taking the day off from running and working out. My legs are thinking me. Yesterday was rough. My muscles were tight and my legs were screaming at me all day. Then I look at my training and ask myself why? It's not even close to being that intense! Some of my favorite bloggers run a whole hell of a lot more than I do and I dream of reaching their levels. How can I if I am this sore after 8 days of running?
Then it hits me. Do I foam roll? Nope. Don't even own one. Do I stretch like I should? Not at all. I do a few measly stretches after a run and call it a day.
If I intend on running longer and faster, I need to make sure I take care of my muscles. I will be purchasing a foam roller this weekend and starting tomorrow after my long run, I will make sure I stretch. a lot.