After running 26.61 miles on January 13th, I had to back it off for a bit. I hired Mary as my coach, because I wanted to shoot for some spring goals and also make sure I played this recovery safe. I’ve been injured before and had to sit out a race, and I didn’t want it to happen again. I’ve read about how long the recovery period takes, but it’s still surprising to know that it takes one day per mile you run in long distance races.
Mary encouraged a full week of rest, which I successfully enjoyed, and then getting back at it with cross training before starting a full week of running. That’s where I am now. I did 4 miles at 9:01 pace Tuesday and 5 miles at 9:03 pace Wednesday. While not outstanding speed for a shorter distance, they’re paces I’m happy with for the effort exerted and the feeling that I had after finishing.
This afternoon I’ll have 4 more miles, which I’ll try to take a little easier, and then I’ll have my first post-marathon race on Saturday morning! I’ll be running a 10k (that I decided to sign up for last minute in the last two weeks), and it’s only my second go at the 6.2 mile distance under racing conditions. I’m really excited about it, because it’s so so short compared to all the other races I’ve done recently. I’m also excited about it to see where my fitness and speed currently sit.
I’m doing the Best Damn Race that almost everyone else I know who runs in Tampa is doing in some distance. Since they’re offering a 5k, 10k, and half marathon, it’s got something for everyone! I’m excited to see friends after finishing before high tailing it out of there to get ready for a baby shower I’m throwing on Saturday. It’ll be a full day.
I’m hoping I’ll feel like this while I’m running…