Sunday, January 22, 2017

Marathon Recovery

by Meghann on January 22, 2017

The Walt Disney World Marathon was officially two weeks ago today. How do I feel? Great!

I took the first full week after the marathon completely off from any training or exercise (minus walking the dog). It was great. I was a little sore for the first couple of days after the race (especially when it came to going from a sitting position to a standing one), but the soreness┬áseemed to fade away quickly. Really, I just enjoyed having the ability to “sleep in” for the week (I use that term loosely since “sleeping in” was still 6:00 am during the week).

Derek gave me a “day at the spa” for Christmas this year, which I saved and cashed in the Saturday after my marathon. ┬áMan, that was amazing. My package included a massage, facial, and pedicure – exactly what my post-marathon training body was craving. I really hope this eventually turns into one of those married people traditions where “dad” gives “mom” the same gift year after year. I would totally be okay with getting a day at the spa every Christmas. I wouldn’t complain one bit.

One of my big goals for 2017 will be building my speed back up, so I returned to running a week after my marathon with some speed work. Instead of making excuses on not being able to make it to a track, I decided to bring the track to me. Turns out a loop around my block is exactly .3 miles. Not exactly the same as .25 of a track, but it’s definitely something. I ran a few laps last Tuesday and Thursday jogging the turns and sprinting the straightaways. Man, that felt good. I also did some yoga videos through Amazon Prime that left me more sore than I care to admit. Another 2017 goal – more yoga!

So what’s next?

I’m registered for the Gasparilla Half Marathon next month. I’ve sat out the last couple of years due to pregnancy and having a baby, so I’m excited to re-join a race that has been such a huge part of my running past. The race is a Tampa institution and they do a great job putting on an awesome race.

Since it’s such a fast turn around I really have no plans for the race, except to get out there and have fun. After that, working on speed will become my top priority. I’m ready for the challenge!

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