Well, I am slowly coming out of my post marathon funk. Don’t get me wrong- I was and still am THRILLED with my new marathon PR but it’s hard to come down from a runner’s high like that back to everyday reality. I did a little mix of cross training (elliptical) and running last week and so far this week. I have been experiencing some slight knee discomfort which has been a little annoying. I know I just ran a marathon a week and a half ago (on a hilly course) so I am trying to listen to my body and take it easy. Sometimes the stubborn runner in me does not want to listen to my body… But I know deep down it’s the right thing to do. I have run a total of four times now and each time has been better. I don’t want to overdo it because I want to get better so I can start training again!
I love using Daily Mile to record my workouts and I love the whole running/ community/ support system it offers but I have to be careful not to compare myself to others. So and so ran xx number of miles this many days in a row and got in xx number of miles for the week. Or, after so and so’s race they were out running mile repeats the next day in record time, etc.. Every runner is different and every runner needs to recover and train at their own pace. Sounds simple enough but for some reason I have had to remind myself of that more this time around.
And in other reality news, it’s not as much fun eating whatever you want when you’re not running as many miles. Shocking discovery, I know. I had finally hit my pre-baby weight thanks to my many marathon training miles but now I am wanting to consume the same amount of calories as I was pre-marathon. Obviously this is not going to work since my mileage is no where near where it was during training. I am not a fast food/ junk food person but I struggle with portion sizes and desserts. It seems like every night one of my kids wants to bake something and I can’t say no. Brownies, cookies, cakes… My kids have the appetite of a bird even when it comes to sweets so I am usually the one who winds up eating most of our goodies. Over the past week and a half I have found myself eating and snacking when I wasn’t even hungry. It’s just been a habit. I am trying to eat healthier and make better choices starting today. We’re about halfway through the day and so far so good. I’ve resisted the chocolate no bake cookies we made last night and eating huge spoonfuls of peanut butter.
The weather has been GORGEOUS and I spent the morning outside with two of my little people. This was even better than running in it. After we played in the front yard we had our first picnic table lunch of the season on our back deck. I just love spring!
|My little man LOVES being outdoors.|
|My baby girl is going to be 4 next month. When did she grow up?|
|Our picnic lunch. I used the automatic timer so we are all a little crammed in this one!|
So these are my random running and not running related ramblings for today. I am working on my updated racing schedule and will post more on that soon. I’d really like to squeeze in a HM (half marathon) in the next two months but not sure if that is going to work out. We’ll see!