I took off one week. Well actually there were only 6 days of no running. I needed that time to heal from the race and to get over my horrible cold. I think it was actually a blessing that I was sick!
I might have rested longer this time because of the cold, but I had to get back to business. I am running another marathon on March 2. From today I have seven weeks to improve! And trust me, there are many areas that need improvement. Each marathon (well the two I have run) have contained many lessons. It takes me a few days to get over the "my quads don't work" thinking to process what happened during the race and acknowledge I learned from my run.
Being totally honest I was not excited to run on January 1. The weather was a bummer and I just did not feel ready. I already felt excited for The Woodlands Marathon on 3/2 and was looking forward instead of focusing on the present. That was problem number one. Second I just did not feel fully prepared. I had run tons and I told myself I was ready. In one sense I was ready. I had run enough miles and put in the time to run a marathon, but I did not feel ready to run the race I wanted to run. I haven't fully figured out my thinking on this, but it did make me want to run more. I knew I wanted to work harder. I wanted to have a more challenging training program so I asked for one. I got it and it scares me, but I am excited about it at the same time. I know this is a good thing.
So, I started running again last Tuesday. It was an easy week...kind of. There was no speed work and only one double digit run. My legs are still a little tired and sore. It took until Thursday to feel good. I ran three times on the treadmill which in itself is hard for me. I was able to run outside twice. I took every run very easy. I did not push the pace on any run.
Things change this week. Speed work returns. Strength training begins in full force. I did not focus on this enough in the fall. This time it is a huge focus for me! And really long runs return. My focus for the next seven weeks is family and running. This 3/2 marathon is very important to me and I really want to run well. Lucky for me Drew is on board with this plan as well. Eating well, to bed early, and being a boring wife...he is okay with that! I am so lucky!