It has just about been one week since my big race. Life is starting to get back to normal. The first two days back home were the hardest. I went from everything revolving around running (the Olympic trials, my marathon) back to reality. Reality involves a lot of laundry, dishes and of course, kiddos… Four to be exact! I love my babies but it is a BIG job.
|I bought this little plaque at the Houston Marathon Expo. I thought is was very fitting!|
After the race I was extremely sore for about 3 days. I decided to take a few days off and let my body and mind relax. John had a busy week at work planned so me not running fit well into the equation. The first few days I really didn’t miss it but by Wednesday I was starting get the itch. By Thursday I was ready to get back out there. My first run was Friday morning. I went an easy 5 with a friend. (Right now my easy run pace is between 8-8:30.) It felt surprisingly good. Still a little sore but nothing unmanageable.
This morning my daughter had a friend’s birthday party to go to that was about 30 minutes from our house. Instead of dropping her off and coming home, then going back (and wasting 1 hour in the car) I decided to stay there and run while she was at the party. I ran the idea by John who thought that made sense. He kept the younger 3 at home and I took Abi to the party. Then I headed out in uncharted territory! I ran 10 miles all together. It was very different not going on one of my usual routes. The first 8 felt pretty easy but I could tell my body was tired on the last 2 miles.
Tonight I made out the rest of my training schedule. The Little Rock Marathon is 6 weeks from tomorrow. I have been warned by many that it is not a PR course (very hilly) but honestly I am just embracing the challenge. I am going to be working in some hills between now and then in my training so hopefully I will be prepared! I know many do back to back marathons but this will be the closest I’ve ever raced 26.2 miles together.
What/ how often do you typically run the week after a marathon?
Have you ever run more than one marathon in one training cycle?