Most training schedules suggest you take a day off in between a hard speed workout and a long run. I usually do my speed workout on Wednesday or Thursday, take friday as a rest day and then do a long run on Saturday. That way my legs are fresh for the long run. This week my schedule had to change so I didn’t get to do speed work until Friday. I didn’t really think it would make that much difference. I was wrong. This morning as I started out for a 14 mile run my legs felt like bricks. Some days my leg muscles are a little tight even after stretching but today the tight quads, hamstrings and calf muscles were quite noticeable. Apparently the day of rest does make a difference. Of course the double-header softball games with lots of base running on Thursday night probably didn’t help. I do need to remember to stretch after softball,too. That would have helped.