I was ordered by Coach Sage to "not run a single step" for four days after the marathon. I can honestly say that I have not taken four days completely off since I first started running. But Sage has not steered me wrong yet, and I VERY much want to rest and recover properly so I can be 100% ready to go again when it's time, so I am following his guidance. I have not run a single step since the marathon. I have been rolling on the foam roller, using my Stick, and gently stretching twice a day and everything is feeling good. I also let myself be a bit gluttonous the last few days and have eaten way more than usual and lots of stuff I normally wouldn't (no gluten though). Starting today it is back to eating like an athlete. :)
Today is the last day of my "no-running" and I can't wait to run tomorrow, even though it will just be short, slow, and easy. I will have 10 days of short, slow, and easy runs. It will be a break from hard training, and one that I know will leave me refreshed physically and mentally. At the end, I will have had two weeks of super low mileage for me. I will get a little bit more sleep than usual and it will be no stress. I am embracing this rest and recovery period and making the most of it. I am recharging so I can move forward and continue to train hard and progress.
I have two more thoughts and some pics to share from the race, and then it is time to make dinner.
- I am a big believer in training for the race you are running, however, for all of you that HAVE to train on a treadmill, it is very possible to train effectively for a marathon on a treadmill. I trained almost exclusively on a treadmill since mid-November, including 23 milers, 100 mile weeks, speedwork, intervals, tempo runs, etc. It is not my first choice (and once the roads clear each spring I don't touch the treadmill until winter comes around again), but with thick ice and sub zero temps, outdoor training was not the best option for me for this race. The paces actually felt easier outside than they have on the treadmill all winter. I don't say this to encourage people to train on treadmills because again, I would pick outside whenever possible, however I DO say this to encourage those who have to train for a race on treadmills (since so many people like to say it is a bad thing).
- TWO of the incredible women who placed ahead of me in Tallahassee were over 40 years old. They were 44 and 48! On top of that I recently read that you can expect to make progress for 10 years from when you first start consistently training as a runner. Both of these things are a big reminder to me that I have TIME. I am 35 years old and I haven't even been running for four years yet. I have plenty of time, and I plan on making the most of it and enjoying every minute.
Here is one more race pic from a local Tallahassee photographer -
And if you want to see my official race pics, you can see them here. I really like the one of me in front of "Unconquered", the horse statue at FSU. And HOW AWESOME are the ones of Jennifer cheering for me at the finish? I love these a lot.
More soon! (And I promise that the next post will have a pic of the ugly medal!) :)