30 is not old, but man am I feeling it more and more each day. Haha
Some workouts take longer to recover from than what I remember from a few years ago. But perhaps I really wasn't pushing myself enough then.
And now enter my new problem: I'll call them "phantom injuries." I've been running about 3-4 months solid now without incident. But for the past few weeks I've encountered these phantoms that come and go out of nowhere.
Last week, post birthday run I thought something was wrong with my hamstring. It felt like a bruise and was tender to move and sit. 2 days later it vanished. Never had a problem like that before. And haven't had it since.
Last week post 10 x 800's, my right foot started hurting- like where the big toe meets the foot. It would only hurt when pushing off to walk or run. After 3 days it was gone. I have experienced this a few times before- most memorable instance being the 2011 Chicago marathon. Not sure if it is my soft Nike lunar racers + hard running causing this annoyance, but I am starting to see a pattern with those two.
This week I ran a nice 8 mile run with a hard 5 in the middle. Post run I sat on my yoga mat and played with my pup for a bit. When I got up, my knee felt off. No pain, but when I bent it, the outer side felt very tight. It has now lasted into the next day- and currently is still bothering me, but much less. I have a feeling it will go away soon much like my other phantoms. I doubt it's ITB since I've never had that issue before, and there is no pain.
I'm starting to think that sitting awkwardly post hard run or long run makes muscles cool down in an incorrect position, causing pain for a few days until it sorts itself out.
I really need to stop doing this.
Or need to remember I'm "old" and can't expect my body to bounce back without some consequence post hard effort.