As a long distance runner, the week AFTER a marathon is one of my least favorite times of the year. The day or two after the big race are great. I’m sore as I’ll get out but my emotions and adrenaline are still going strong from the race. Somewhere around 3-4 days post marathon things start heading south. I really start to miss running. If you are a marathon runner you know what I’m talking about and if you’re not let me try to explain. Basically, you spend 18 weeks training for this one big race. It consumes an enormous amount of time and energy and many times throughout this 18 week period you question your own sanity. Why are you doing this again? Why the many early mornings? Why the running on treadmills, in the cold, in the rain, on hills, speed work? WHY? When running has become a part of who you are the real question is not why it is WHY NOT? Somehow an unlikely relationship is formed between you and your training plan. You mark off the days as they go by and you stick to your schedule. You check it each night to see what you have in store for the next day. Adding up your weekly mileage provides reassuring satisfaction that you are going to be ready for your race.
After the big race your schedule is no longer necessary and suddenly you are on your own. The week AFTER the marathon always reminds me how much I love marathon training. I do not always feel this way during the process but when it’s all said and done who am I kidding? I am a sucker for marathon training.
Before LRM I told my husband that I would take a full week off running after the race. I told him to hold me to that no matter how much I wanted to run. I knew my body needed the recovery after a course like Little Rock. The first few days were fine because I was so sore and my hip was still hurting. Yesterday and today have been hard days not to run. But I know I need the full week. I have been telling myself that the best thing I can do for myself for Boston is to rest this week. Boston is now just 5 weeks from Monday. Obviously, I am not going to accomplish a lot of training between now and then. Recovery and tapering will take up most of that time.
So what have I done this week?
Baked. A lot.
Ate like I was running 80+ miles.
The kids just started spring break yesterday so we had a little picnic at the park. The weather is just starting to warm up and I’m getting so excited about SPRING!
Whenever I would start to feel guilty about not running (and believe me- it’s extremely hard to turn off the running switch) I had to remind myself that I need this mini break. My body and mind need to relax. I will start back next week but I will ease into it with some easy runs. I am working on a schedule which I will post in the next few days. It’s from Advanced Marathoning, by Pete Pfitzinger. I have followed Pfitzinger’s back to back marathon plans before and they work for me. I would highly recommend them if you are ever thinking about doubling up.
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