I did a speed workout this morning. Even though I was holding back, taking it easy because my body still isn't completely better (stupid cough!), I could tell it was one of those sessions that I'm going to feel later today. And the thought of my muscles aching made me smile.
The health community refers to it as delayed onset muscle soreness, and it can creep up anywhere between 4 and 48 hours after a tough run. "It's a sign that your muscles are adapting to the strain you're putting them under—they're getting stronger," says Carol L. Otis, M.D., a sports medicine doctor in Portland, OR. Don't let mild discomfort keep you from knocking out the rest of your workouts this week, she says. "The key is to manage the pain with ice, stretching, or ibuprofen." Bigger, stronger, faster? Yes, please!
I know it sounds strange, but I like the pain. It makes me feel, um, alive, as though I've done something really tough and now I get to experience the after effects. Still, when my body is super sore I'll hit up the good doc's pain relief remedies. I also like to rub Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion on my legs. It's loaded with peppermint essential oil which leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool—kind of like the sensation you get after sitting in an ice bath.
Do you like feeling sore after a good workout, too?