Last week was my first week post-marathon, which meant lots of recovery and post-race gluttony for me. Sometimes I like to take a whole month off after my goal marathon. I find I need it both physically and mentally. But this time around, I am excited to keep moving forward and I want to maintain the fitness level I built up over the winter. So I decided to turn my eye on a new goal: the Madison half marathon in 2 weeks. The race is three weeks post-marathon, so I think it is doable. Provided the weather isn’t too horrendous, anyway. The Madison Marathon is notoriously hot. So, even though I want to run it, I am not going to spend $75 to run a half if it is 85 degrees. We’ll see what happens.
With that said, M-F was nada for me. Zip, zero, nothing. I probably should have done more active recovery as Pepper suggested. But I didn’t. I did some light arm weights and ab work, but otherwise pretty much slacked off. Once the weekend arrived, however, I did get my act together a bit.
Saturday I ran 5ish (Garmin-free).
Sunday I ran 8. The first 2+ were with my son James (happy mother’s day to me); the last 6 were on my own and frankly a bit hard as I was still feeling the marathon + it was 82 degrees and sunny!! Ouch. The good news I was able to add in an upper body workout after my run by planting and mulching my garden.
13 miles total this week. Enjoying my recovery and reset and getting ready to slowly build back up.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!