Tenacious LD wrote:
For me, if I feel soreness in the muscle groups I worked but can still function pretty normally without being reminded every step that I worked out, I'm in a good place. If everything hurts with every move I make, I overdid it, and scale back accordingly.
This is great advice. I also figure out if the soreness is interfering with my enjoyment of the activity as a barometer - if so, it's time to cut back the intensity! I will say it's amazing how quickly you can figure out which muscle groups are unaccustomed to a particular level of activity.
In addition to the excellent suggestions from fupapack, judicious use of an NSAID like naproxen over a few days to address inflammation might help your recovery time too. I'm sure you are already watchful of this, but be sure that you're not consistently overdoing it and using NSAIDs to compensate (I've heard some runners refer to ibuoprofin as "vitamin I." Obviously, that's no good.) I hope you are feeling better today, B_A_D and Hollie!