I think the tendency is to not talk much about recovery because let’s face it, it’s not too exciting. But a good recovery can set you up for a strong and successful training cycle. And a shortened or ignored recovery period can derail your next training cycle – or even worse – cause injuries.
Boston was 15 days ago. My longest run since Boston has been 8 miles. I’ve run a whooping 40 miles in 14 days. 9 miles the first week. 31 miles last week. And probably 40-45 miles this week. Almost all garmin-free. All easy effort. And all honoring the purpose of the recovery.
I’m darn proud of these miles (or lack there of). After hating me for the better part of the week post-Boston, my body is happy again. I feel rested, recovered (almost) and excited to jump back into training (but not quite yet – still have another week of easy running). If all goes well, my long run this weekend will be double digits – maybe 10-12 miles. Speedwork is tomorrow – it’s 10 x 1 min just to get my legs moving again. But nothing too hard or taxing because my body is still in the recovery stage.
I mentioned race plans last week. Coach and I have a chat scheduled for today so once we finalize fall plans, I will share them here. I am signed up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Initially, the plan was to run it with my sister, Nicole, but work and life prevented her from being properly trained. I briefly thought about racing it but Coach and I feel it is way too soon post-Boston to race. I may pace my friend, Jen. Or just skip it all together. I know myself and even if I plan to take it easy, I’ll push much harder than I should be pushing at this point. (Edited to add: I am pacing/running with Jen next weekend! We’re going to have a blast!)
Recovery, like the taper, should be welcomed with open arms, not something feared or dreaded. Yes, you will lose some fitness. Yes, you may gain a few extra pounds or get a little softer in some areas. But this is not just normal – it’s good. It’s impossible to expect our bodies to go 100 miles an hour all the time. You want your fitness to go up and down. You drop a bit in fitness but you will start building again in the next cycle – and the idea is to raise it a bit with each cycle.
Plus recovery periods allow you to dance all night in 4 inch heels and not worry that you destroyed your calves because there is no long runs on the calendar!
I wanted to share a post that is so special to me. In my Boston Marathon recaps, I talked about seeing Pavey at the finish line. I didn’t know the whole story behind how he was there – until I read his post yesterday, I thought he was hanging out there to see all the (many) runners he knew running and were tracking. But, as his post discusses, he was up in the grandstands taking pictures for most of the race and just happened to be walking back to his area when he saw me immediately after I finished.
I remember crossing the finish line and being ecstatic – but at the same time, I felt like I couldn’t really celebrate until I talked to my husband or mom or saw Kris (none of which I could do until I made it back to my room about an hour later). It becomes so much more real when you can hug or talk to someone you know.
When I saw Brian, all the emotion and happiness just came pouring out. He’s also a runner with big goals and dreams – and we had talked about our goals (mine for the race, his for the next few months over lunch the day prior). So it was extra special because I knew that HE knew how much this race meant to me.
And as I said a couple of weeks ago, I’m forever grateful that he was there to celebrate with me.
But he says a lot of this much more eloquently than I could ever say…so go check out his beautiful post! =)
And happy Cinco de Mayo!!!
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