To borrow a phrase from Ross and Rachel, Training and I have been”on a break”, and I’ve been fooling around with this thing called Recovery. It’s been really nice to have a hiatus from the treadmill, the ice, the cold weather and the indoor track. I’ve enjoyed the past few weeks of not running or running easy, as well as the opportunity to do a few things I put off until after the marathon.
For example, I’ve been saying all winter that I wouldn’t get on skis until after my goal race as I didn’t want to risk getting injured. (And since I’m not a very good skier, the risk was relatively high!) So a few days ago, I finally hit the slopes with my family and snapped on skis instead of sitting in the lodge pouring over Advanced Marathoning while everyone else whooshed down the mountain.
Luckily my daughter is still a beginner, so I had an excuse to stay on the blues and greens all day. Also, can I just say that the black diamond/expert hills in Ohio and New York are the freaking BUNNY HILLS in Alaska!? So my learning curve has been, ahem, steep. Anyway, we all returned with limbs in tact and only a few sore muscles and some great photos to remind us of our skiing outing.
Week one post marathon:
I was feeling pretty good 2-3 days after the marathon and ready to do a shake-out run by day 4. But on that third post-marathon afternoon, I slipped on the ice in my driveway and fell hard on my side and shoulder. The fall put me out of commission for several days and hurt worse than the marathon! So I waited a few more days and then logged some easy laps around the indoor track during my son’s soccer practice. 2 miles total for the week!
Week two post marathon:
3 miles easy – The temps got up to 38 and the roads were bare and NOT icy for once, so I got outside for an easy 3. Ran to my lookout point where I can sometimes see Denali (Mt. McKinley) on a clear day and then back. It was a Denali-seeing kind of day, which is amazing given that mountain is 500 miles away! A true recovery run in every way!
4 miles easy – Still bare pavement, and though slippery in spots, this was a truly enjoyable and easy run outside in the 17 degree weather. Any January run above zero degrees and without ice is a BONUS!
4 miles easy – Got a free pass to the swanky gym in town, so met my friend there for a side-by-side treadmill run. Even time on a treadmill flies by when you have someone fun to talk to.
7 miles easy “progressive” 8:28 avg – Started out on the treadmill at home thinking I would do 5 or 6. But felt great after 3 miles at 9:00 pace, so turned it into a rule of 5 progressive and finished at tempo pace (7:30). Felt good to go a little faster again after several short and slow runs.
Total – 18 miles