I’m going bat-crazy with my recovery weeks and reduced mileage and intensity!
Because I didn’t get to run the race I was trained for, I haven’t been sore or fatigued. So, of course, I want to run all the miles. I wanted to run a 5k today. I want to sign up for all the races. It’s just nuts how ants-in-my-pants I feel. One of these days I’ll run another race where I leave it all on the course. I don’t think that’s happened since my first half marathon. Stupid stomach. I think it’s ironic that my gut made it through all the alcohol I fed it, but put me in a race where I care about the outcome, and it rebels.
I have one more week of this recovery torture before I get back to training. I’m happy that next week, my personal trainer will be giving me a new strength routine also. I really felt the benefits of that training this race. I think it got me through my energy-draining stomach when I otherwise might not have been able to power on. I’m glad I enjoy doing some lifting. Maybe I’ll actually get some nice looking guns one day. Right now, my arms still look pretty sad.
In the meantime, I have three “running buddies” I am communicating with to keep me somewhat running-appeased. Two are Girls on the Run participants, one of which I got my first note from 😃 I can’t wait to meet these girls in person and run with them.
My other running buddy is a little boy with cerebral palsy that I was matched with via iRun4, a non-profit that matches runners with children who cannot run. It’s been fun trading Facebook messages with him, and I sent him my medal from the Baystate Marathon. I have to say, it was a kick to see a picture of him wearing it.
Up next: Rock n Roll New Orleans Half Marathon in January.
I’m soooooo excited about this race because 1) it’s the first half marathon I’ll be training for as an “A” race since last November, and 2) I’ve wanted to go to New Orleans for eons. I 100% picked this race because of where it is.
I do have several shorter races I’ll be running before RnR NOLA. I think I mentioned that my coach wants me to do more short races as hard efforts to help me push through my anxious stomach problem.
I’m not sure when I’ll run another marathon. I applied to charity run for MS for the Boston Marathon, but I haven’t heard back yet. I’ll probably wait until I get notification either way about that before I look in earnest for my next 26.2.