I started running again on Wednesday with a 3 miler on the most beautiful day yet. My quads were unhappy with my choice, but the rest of me was thrilled! I smiled like the cheeseball I am as I started running down my road, on the asphalt. The wonderful, glorious asphalt. I did not wear a watch, so I have no idea what my pace was, but it felt great to get out in the sun and move!
I ran 3 milers on Thursday and Friday as well, with bits of soreness moving around from day to day. Saturday I bumped it up to 5 miles and that felt pretty good. Sunday I wanted to do 3, but I had too much Halloween candy in my tummy and could only manage 1.5. Those Kitkats can be lethal.
This morning (Monday) I had planned to meet my running girls at 4:45, but the storm rained us out. I was glad for the rain, but disappointed to miss my run. I am ready to see my girls! Tapering and recovering have made it about 2 weeks or more since I've seen them, and that is simply too long. I brought some clothes and toiletries to work so I could run at lunch but...alas...I suspect I forgot my sports bra once again. Erg. I will have time this afternoon, but it just makes for a busier evening.
I need to start hitting the mileage again to see what I've still got. My hope is that all the training for the 50 mile is still there and I can run one heck of a marathon on November 7, but...I'm not sure it works that way. Feeling recovered does not necessarily mean one is recovered, and I am not sure how long true recovery takes after an event like that. I've got two massage therapy appointments between now and the 7th, and all I know to do is see what I can run this week. Can I get in another 20 miler? Maybe just 18? I'm trying to figure out how to fit it in, if my body will even let me go the distance. I need to do it this week in order to give myself a full week to "taper" for the marathon.
Crazy. I realize that now. But the close proximity of the Marshall University Marathon and the chance to get in another state toward my 50 states goal...it pulled me in and I signed up. I expected to be tired after the 50 mile, but I had no idea I'd be so...beaten.
So we shall see. After this I really am going to dial it down a notch, work on recovery and full body fitness once again. It is the holiday season, after all, and one needs more time for celebrating, planning, decorating, visiting, cooking, and such. I only need a certain amount of miles to support all the TREATS that go along with the season, after all!
|The Reneau Family at Trunk-or-Treat 2010!|
|A hug from a niece!|
|A hug from Obi Wan Kinobi|