It has been 16 days since I ran the Boston Marathon and I still feel so sluggish. Last night at my group practice, I ran about 4.75 miles and it seemed so hard. I think when you skip running for a couple weeks for recovery, it can seem more difficult when you start back. Add to that the high temperature and humidity and it was a tough run for this girl. Obviously there are certain things to expect coming out of marathon training cycle. Some of those include:
1. Slower paced runs the first few times back on the pavement Intellectually, this is something I understand, but when it happens, it is disappointing, especially during what should be short nice paced runs. Getting speed back for shorter distances will take some time, and obviously patience is needed!
2. An increase in appetite I am always ready to hit the pantry for snacks almost all day long for many days after a marathon. There is no scientific data on this, but I did read recently that Meb had gained some ridiculous number of pounds (I believe over 10) by the time he was only one week post Boston. Unfortunately, I am still trying to gain back the weight I lost during my food poisoning/marathon race effort. While I could dig into sweets and salty chips, I am trying to keep my food choices smart ones. However, I do eat a larger bowl of ice cream every night for my dessert. Since ice cream is a good dairy product this is a good choice correct? True story. Last week, we visited Boombalati's for a post dinner ice cream treat. While waiting in line, Tom encouraged me to not get a single or double, but a triple. He said, "wow, that is only 80 cents more than the single. I walked out of the place with over a pint of ice cream in this massive vessel, held with both hands. A woman was walking by, took one look at me and the gigantic bowl and smiled and said, "But you are skinny!"
3. Lots of free time Obviously I have more free time than most since I do not work. But this is one of my favorite parts of a post marathon month. Cutting back on training, either the gym, running mileage or other activities is always very welcome in my book since I am usually exhausted after a big race.
Every runner has different routines that they follow post race. I was surprised at how many people were out running the day after the Boston Marathon wearing their race shirt. I'm pretty sure they did not give the shirt away and they indeed had run the marathon! As a low mileage runner, perhaps that is a reason it takes me longer to recover from a marathon. It seems like it should be quicker, but an older body also needs more rest. Add in stupid food poisoning and the time lengthens. A physical today should give me more insight into what to expect this weekend in California. My goals for the Pixie Dust Challenge are still to be determined!