I strongly believe in gentle running in the days following a race as it benefits both the mind and body.
There's no set plan or schedule, just the enjoyment of the gradual recovery process.
As time passes, my stride will naturally open up, stiffness will dissipate, and the desire to increase my effort will return.
During today's run/jog, I found myself smiling despite the stiffness and slight pain in different muscles.
It's a testament to the fact that I worked harder than all the fitness gained during weeks and months of dedicated training.
And that's gives me a great sense of achievement; I pushed myself over a previous limit, beyond my comfort zone.