It has been almost a month since my marathon and I haven’t really talked much about my running lately! That’s because there hasn’t been too much of it. I knew I really wanted to take it easy for about a month afterwards for a few reasons.
1) With my knee injury and then my foot pain during training, I knew my body needed rest after 20 long weeks of hard work. Even though I didn’t have any pain during the marathon, I wanted to make sure my body had time to heal.
2) I fell. Yes, again. For the third time in the past year. What is wrong with me? It happened early one morning a couple weeks ago. It was dark but I was using a flashlight. I caught my foot on another uneven sidewalk and luckily I am getting very good at falling gracefully into the grass and not the concrete. I took most of the fall with my arms, and I was wearing capris so my knee (the same one as the last two times) only got a little scraped. But I noticed after the fall that some pain in my knee came back, so I took a few days off just in case.
3) I’m jumping back into training soon for marathon #9. I will be running the Myrtle Beach Marathon on February 15, 2014. There are only 14 weeks in between my last marathon and this one. After my 4 weeks of recovery and easy running I have 10 weeks left to train. I will be discussing my training plan in an upcoming post. My last plan for OBX was 20 weeks long and I was very burnt out by the end, so I really wanted to take this month easy. I didn’t want to force myself to wake up early to run. I wanted to do what felt right, so that I was ready both physically and mentally to start up again when it was time. Which is why the last few weeks my mileage hasn’t been high at all. 3 miles the first week post-marathon, then 7 miles the second week, 13 miles last week and 4 miles so far this week. I’m enjoying it while it lasts!
I’ve had some great runs in the last few weeks though!
This month was so good for me physically and mentally. I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into my training next week! Let’s hope my body cooperates 🙂