Comment of the Week – 10.19.12

This is what the Salties do when we read your awesome comments!

Yeehaw! That’s a wrap on another fine week here in Saltyland. Up this weekend Vanilla and Ginger take on the Columbus Half, while Clove and her husband DB get to see all their hard work putting on the Columbus Full and Half Marathon realized! Also, Salty was conned into doing a local 5k at almost 35 weeks pregnant. We’ll see how that goes!

Are you racing this weekend or is your goal race still to come this fall? Whenever it is (or was) we want to hear about it! Send us your race reports to saltyrunning [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject: Reader’s Race and we might feature you in an upcoming post! We can’t wait for Diane H.’s race report for her half this weekend. Go Diane. 2:15 or bust!!!

Ok. Now it’s time to get down to business. Who’s this week’s big winner?

This week’s winner is of the Y chromosome persuasion. It’s Michael! Michael left this great comment on Mint’s After the Marathon Post:

Everyone is different, but I have found that after significant long runs (more than 20 miles), or marathon efforts, I generally feel pretty good in three or four days. In fact, I really WANT to get out for a run. It feels good doing it, and usually day 4 and 5 can have some great runs. But at least at my age (and regardless of age for some people), I have hit the reset button and restarted too soon. The advice above to take a week off is VERY good advice. No matter how good you feel…take a week off.

Don’t. Run. A. Step. For. A. Week.

I’ve restarted too soon nearly every time (I’m a REALLY slow learner), and I always find that two weeks after the marathon I have developed a chronic injury, usually a strain in a muscle or a ligament issue that hangs on for 5 to 10 weeks.

This time, I’m going to take the week off. Nothing more than very gentle walks to keep the blood flowing and clear out the debris. Then my plan is to start back slowly.

Your mileage may vary, but I for one will err on the side of caution. Running injured for long periods of time is just no fun.

We love this comment because this is some sage advice! No matter how good you think you feel a few days after a marathon there is likely some lingering damage that needs to heal before you should start training again. Err on the side of caution!

When Michael’s not authoring awesome comments he’s recovering from his own awesome marathon performance at the Mother Road Marathon. We caught up with Michael this morning and this is what he had to say about himself and his big win:

Mile 22 of Michael’s first marathon!

I’m a 53 year old husband and father (Aiden is turning 7 in a few days), and started running for fun and fitness again after a 2 decade long “couch session” last summer. At the end of April, 2011, I was so out of shape that I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting slightly out of breath, and running a mile at any speed was a major effort. I lost 30+ pounds over the course of that summer, and have managed to maintain my weight in a five pound range ever since. 

I completed my first marathon at the Cowtown marathon (Fort Worth, Texas) at the end of February of this year in under four hours (3:56:06), which just blew me away. I honestly didn’t think I had that in me and I’m still not sure how I did it. 

I have a blog that I update periodically (need to get better about that) at http://www.marathonafterfifty.blogspot.com/ , and always enjoy the comments. 

I really enjoy your blog, and though I don’t comment often, I read all the postings and enjoy the variety of perspectives.

Thanks for the selection, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

THANK YOU, Michael and we hope you and the rest of the Salty Readers have a wonderful day too!

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. I always love the COTW post because we get to learn more about our awesome readers! Thanks again, Michael, for your insight on marathon recovery and for sharing your inspiring story with us.