When it comes to running, I seem to have very short mental and muscle memory.
I can at least remember that any hiatus from running generally results in complete muscle deterioration. (Generally, because being a bike commuter has changed my life in terms of how hard it is to run after time off.)
But what I can't seem to remember is that doing yoga after a run, especially long ones, actually reduces my fatigue and stiffness the next day.
I don't care whether it's placebo effect or scientific fact. I'll keep doing it.
The latest case study comes from Friday's amazing run. (It was in the 50s! And looked to stay that way for a while!)
I combined some Neal Smith Trail action with the Hy-Vee Half's loop around the state Capitol, which I remembered having a beastly hill, to hit 6.5 miles.
I felt pretty good — not like Mary Cain, but also not like The Blerch.
So that night, once I got home, I did Rebecca Pacheco's recovery yoga sequence and indulged in a lazy night in. I fully expected to walk a little funny the next day; that's just what happens after long runs.
BUT NOT THIS SATURDAY. My muscles functioned completely normally. Getting up out of my desk chair wasn't an ordeal, nor was riding my bike to and from work.
Maybe this time is the time the revelation will stick in my brain.