What does a runner do when she can't run? She thinks about running, of course!
So, here are five random Sunday afternoon thoughts from this mother runner:
1. When I know that friends are out on a run at o'dark-thirty, my brain automatically wakes me up. I am now unable to sleep past 4:30 AM on Wednesdays; it's hill repeat day, after all!
2. My body doesn't know that I'm not training for a marathon anymore, and it still wants to eat like I am. I love food!
3. If friends are racing 6 days after my big race, I will be jealous and wish that I could be racing, even though my muscles are still protesting.
4. Running > swimming, reason #212: I get to the pool today and am told the open lap swim doesn't start for 2 hours. Then I get back home and check and find out it actually was supposed to start at the time I'd thought. No one tells me when I can or cannot start a run.
5. Retelling the story of my first marathon never, ever gets old. Thank goodness my friends don't mind!
I worked on my running plans for the next 5+ months, and I am so excited to start up again. It's been hard not to just go or and run this week! I know that recovery is really important, though. I did an easy 4 miles on Friday (5 days post-race), and 4 more the next day. My right lower leg wasn't exactly pleased with the return to running, but everything else felt great. I'll take it easy this week, too. I felt awesome on my first swim in almost 2 years this morning! Only 2000 yards, but I could've done twice that had I had more time. I think marathon training has really improved my cardiovascular fitness level. I signed up for the swimming for fitness class that I mentioned in my last blog, and I'm actually excited to start that, now that I know I can still swim. It doesn't start till June, though, so I'll be on my own for this month.
So... in a nutshell, life post-marathon is good. Better than good, actually... I've got a 26.2 sticker on my car!