So as you may know (honestly how could you not know at this point), I ran a marathon three weeks ago (well, three weeks on Saturday, so I guess like 2 and 3/4 weeks ago). Anyways, I’ve kind of been having a hard time getting back into a rhythm since then. I’ve been working out but it has not felt the same. I was slightly sore the day after the marathon, but the next morning I felt like I was back to normal.
Mike was quick to remind me that even though I felt like I was back to normal, I was most definitely not back to normal yet. This was even more obvious to me when I woke up on Tuesday morning with a horrific head cold (This article on post-marathon recovery says that is pretty common). I worked out some that week because I didn’t have a fever, but I also figured this was my body’s way of telling me I needed rest.
I got over my cold, got in a run on the weekend and then I hit the ground running the next week (pun semi-intended). I figured I was totally recovered, so I shifted right back into high gear with running, strength training and yoga. Come Friday, I. Was. SORE. As in, more sore than I was after running a marathon. I also had a deep, aching pain in my left quad muscle, that hurt even when I wasn’t exercising. This was not good.
However, Mike and I had plans to visit some of his cousins in Delaware and go on an 11 mile run with his one cousin, who just ran his first 10 miler (woohoo you rock!) and was hoping to try a half marathon in a couple weeks. I had a half marathon coming up too, I hadn’t done more than 5 miles since the marathon, and I really wanted to go on this run with them. A new runner trying out a new distance?? How could I not be a part of that… it’s so EXCITING!! So I did what I do, I pushed myself too hard. I did the 11 miles with Mike, his cousin, and his cousin’s friend and it was a blast. But I was really hurting afterwards. I could barely stand for the rest of the afternoon (not to be super dramatic or anything).
When I finally came clean with Mike about how much pain I was in, I got a little lecture about being kind to my body. He’s always looking out for my best interest, even when I’m not. Thanks honey 🙂 So I took Sunday completely off, and it was glorious. But then I got back to work this week and I had an unbelievably crazy week, which meant working much longer hours than usual. I haven’t been able to get out of the office for my normal lunchtime workouts and I’ve been staying too late to get my evening workouts in. I’ve gotten a few workouts in but definitely not even close to what I normally like to get.
It’s hard to get back to normal after training for a distance event like the marathon, but all I can say is that I’m trying! I’m trying to do what is right by my body, strike a balance between exercising for health and pushing myself too hard. I am heading out of town tonight with two of my favorite ladies to spend a four day weekend at my parent’s house in North Carolina. We will be maxing and relaxing on the beach, hanging out with my mom and dad, playing a round of golf, and then on Sunday, Haley and I are going to run the Diva’s Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach.
Next week, I’m going to get a fresh focus on my workout routine. Three runs per week will probably be it for me, and then three other cardio sessions (I’ve been going to this high intensity cardio and strength intervals class at my gym and I am totally hooked), 3 – 4 days of strength training, and 3 – 4 days of yoga. I think I just need to switch things up a little bit. Keep it interesting! But above all, I’m going to give myself a break! My workout targets are ambitious and I know that, but it is only because I genuinely love it. I love how I feel WHEN I am exercising as well as after. Exercise keeps me happy, carefree, and positive! I enjoy being all of those things 🙂
In blog news, I’ve added a recurring feature every Friday (I’m calling it “Friday Favorites” which isn’t cool or original, but you know I’m trying here!). This is a round up all some of my “favorites” from the preceding week. Mostly it’s pictures of events / activities or things I’ve been enjoying. I’m thinking of adding a recap of my week in workouts in this feature as well. I don’t get a chance to share all of my workouts with you so this might be a good way to share some workout ideas. We’ll see how it goes.
I also added a Race Calendar (it’s a separate page, the tab is next to the About tab in the upper right hand corner of the page). Please feel free to let me know if you are running any of the same races, or if you have race suggestions for me!