TOLT: DOMS, Weather, More Races, Group Runs, etc.

thinking out loud

So I’m linking up today with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Here’s what I’m thinking today…

  • Who knew?

When you run a hilly races and your quads aren’t used to downhill running, you can get DOMs.

After the hilly half on Sunday, I felt fine. I felt good the next day.  So good that I went for a short easy run.

Then Tuesday morning, DOMS set in.

In case you’ve never had them, DOMS is “dull, aching pain, soreness, tenderness, stiffness of muscles and joints, swelling, loss of strength, and reduced range of motion. Typically, symptoms appear 24 – 48 hours after we run.”

I’m not to the point that I’m hobbling, but my quads ached going up and down stairs and my left one was sore.

I, of course, Googled the treatment and discovered that the Sunday hot shower and the Monday hot tub were not highly recommended.  You should ice your sore muscles.  I knew that but they weren’t sore at the time. And take NSAIDS to reduce inflammation before you hurt. I knew that too. Too late now.


Time cures all.  Light running doesn’t help or hinder DOMS.  So I plan to continue that…just with NO downhills.

I played tennis Tuesday night and actually played better than I have in a long time.  I iced afterwards. On Wednesday, my quads felt so much better.  Today, they don’t hurt at all. Phew!

  • Speaking of running…

I have races scheduled for almost every weekend.

What was I thinking?

I love to race and I need to run long. There you go.

This Sunday I have a 5 mile race.


Hopefully, my quads will be healed and I can run. Reading over my review from last year, the first 2 miles are uphill… Oh no!


at last year’s race

Afterward, I hope to find the Betar Byway and run 4 more miles. I ran a race there last summer and it was very pretty (though maybe a flatter location would be wiser.)


at the Betar Byway park along the Hudson

In the weeks to follow, I have a 5k, a 5 miler, a 10K and another Half Marathon (a hilly one.)

  • It’s nice that it is light enough to run after work.  But what happened to those spring-like temps? It was 80 degrees last week.
weather gf

me no likey

  • On Monday, I start my 10 week Freihofer Training Challenge group runs.

There are beginning, intermediate and advanced groups that meet on Mondays to run at 6:30 am, noon or 6 pm. For the second year, I joined the advanced 6 pm group.  They also meet on Saturdays (which I don’t go to.)


I’m looking forward to seeing my friends again and running regularly with a group. The speed drills, however, I am not looking forward to.

Happy Running! Have you ever had DOMS?  Are you having spring-like weather?  Do you run with a group?  What are you thinking about this St. Patrick’s Day?


14 thoughts on “TOLT: DOMS, Weather, More Races, Group Runs, etc.

  1. I’ve most definitely had DOMS, but not from this race. Of course, I ran about a 10k less than you. 🙂 And I’ve been doing a little hill work.

    March is usually like this, teasing us. Seriously, there isn’t that much spring here (in VT we referred to it as mud season), unless, of course, there isn’t much summer, and then it’s a long spring.

    I may yet be able to test out that skirt with the tights!


  2. I had DOMS after I went back to body pump after a break. Ouch. That’s certainly incentive to try to avoid a long break again! And that’s so true about races and runners. Immediately after my last half I told Mike I didn’t want to do my April half. And then 30 minutes later I was talking about what I would change for the half in April. He was very confused 🙂


  3. Wow, you sure have a heck of a lot of races on your schedule ! More racing was one of my goals this year but I am just not feeling it. The training has completely taken over.
    We’ll see after April 3rd !

    I hate running downhill and and completely understand how sore your quads could be. Have a fun race this weekend !


  4. I think my worse case of DOMS was after an ALL downhill half in the canyons outside of Denver. Worth every painful minute! LOL. My calves were sore for 3 days after their cramping in last Saturday’s race. Ugh.


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