Got to add a big thankyou to the marshalls and yellow-tabard crew around the course: clearly signed, with friendly chaps clapping you on. As a total newbie with no idea what to expect, it was fab (and my Devon-honed legs ate the onebijou-hillette, yay). I could get used to this running lark... once the blisters have gone down!
So I'm getting into running (for a half-mara in May from zero running at the new year), and I find that the day after, I have a nasty muscular ache between my shoulderblades. I'd put it down to my back working to cantilever my gigantic bouncing belly, but coworkers who run suggest that it may be the wrong shoes instead.
(Being a suspicious sort, I like to check these things out before spending huge wodges of cash on new toys)
I'm running 2-3 miles 3-4 times a week, on tarmac roads, in Merrell Terrators - a fell running shoe. Not ideal but will the "right" shoe really make that much of a difference?
Not sure about the science (it always seems to be disputed) but personally, I've found that a cold blast of the shower or a cold bath after training - in the gym, on the bike or running - improves recovery the day after.
Twinkle, the way I do it is after warmdown and stretching, have a hot massagey shower, then finish with a couple of minutes of icy-cold, then dry off and put some trackies on. Works a treat.