Why - junk miles... Save yourself for the sessions that matter, add extra when you are feeling good.
Lecture over :-) - you obviously felt much better today, but I still stick by my comments...
Yeah a fair point but these runs have the aim of resurrecting the legs. It was a functional run that filled in for doing more damage in the terrain and made me feel better the next day. For me, junk would be doing unplanned, additional runs.
Fair point :-)
But still, check your total load carefully and don't overdo it too much.
If you are up and down like you seem to be here over Fri, Sat, Sun then I'm thinking food. Are you always getting good food in straight after the session ?
If not then you are going to be flat the next day and it will be spent re-fuelling.
Cycling seems very sensitive to this as I can really feel the difference. When I make sure I get some carbs down as soon as I am in the door I'm good the next day, if I miss it then I'm flat. I find a good glass of fruit juice and a carb snack is a good combo, you can then change, shower and sort out a bit more of a meal. Its even better if you can come in and sit straight down to a proper meal
Definitely Jon - the scale has now tipped towards the abstaining end.
You might be onto something there Kitch, in terms of energy levels for sure. I forgot to take a decent amount of post race food and didn't have dinner until very late that night. However it's probably not the sole issue as I was definitely suffering from DOMS the next day too.
Years ago when doing Interval sessions in the evening I found that when I got home and cooked tea I then craved sweet things and snacked on till late. I changed and had a half litre of sports drink (sometimes bought, other times home made) as I drove home, then made and ate tea - solved my sugar cravings completely. Getting easily digested carbo in immediately after a session is critical when training hard/long repeatedly.