recovery is definitely NOT my favorite part of training. i do enjoy it for the first couple days, but that doesn’t last very long. i hate feeling lazy and i hate having to regain fitness. plus with these 3 weekends of racing, i feel like my recovery time has been going on foreverrrrr! i know its a very necessary part of training and racing though.
in order to minimize my likelihood for injury and make sure i was recovered from the previous race, i only ran once between the marathon and the relay, and once between the relay and the half marathon. this is not much for me, and by now i am getting a little stir crazy! luckily i have had plenty of things to do since most of these races required travel or some sort of preparation, not to mention the bridal shower i helped throw, but all that is over and done now. i am unpacked, the laundry is done, all my running clothes are clean.
i know i just need to be careful and give myself the extra time, and i am really trying to enjoy this down time… BUT i am starting to feel gross and just itching to get out on a run. i have run during the races, but i miss my normal runs and i miss my running clothes and all those things! it is a good thing though, i think that is a big part of avoiding burnout is making sure to take these forced breaks. you come back into training excited, rejuvenated and ready to run!
so i don’t know how long i will last not running this week. when i do run i promise it will be slow and short. my legs feel a million times better this week then they did the last 2 weeks, so that is a good sign. i am really glad i took it easy at the half marathon and didn’t try to do anything silly like racing it. i don’t think my legs could have handled that, because i was pretty sore especially after the relay.
what is next?
i have the see jane run half marathon on june 5th i am running with a huge group of bay area girls, i am so excited! plus it was my very first half marathon and i didn’t run it last year, so that makes it extra exciting. i have a couple of 5/10ks planned over the summer, as well as ending my summer training with the san francisco half marathon.
i can tell you that i am SO GLAD that i am not running the full like originally planned. one of the top reasons was because i want to avoid *this* extra recovery period i am going through now. the other reason is i really want to work on my speed! i am really excited to start working on it again and really getting in some quality training over the summer, so i am ready to start training for CIM come early fall. i miss the track and i miss my tempos and i miss training in general… which is all a good thing.