Time flies when you are recovering from a marathon. It feels like much longer than three weeks since I put my body through the torture test also known as the marathon.
And even though my legs have long lost the soreness, I still feel the same. I don't want to do that again. But looking back, I am sure glad I did it.
It was a great experience. Running and training through snow and ice, sun and heat, rain and sleet. Fighting through long tempo runs and just plain long runs. Looking back, I put in so much time and effort to this race and I am proud of how it turned out. I don't think I would change a thing.
My mind likes to play tricks on me, because you see, my running buddy is already planning her second marathon in the late fall. And it is slightly temping because I know I will end up doing most of the workouts and long runs with her anyways.
So the one side of me says,
"Go for it. What is another marathon. You will love it the second time. It will be different than the first. The first was the worst. The second will just be awesome. No pain."
And then the other side reminds me of what actually happened on May 27th,
"remember how miserable you were? Remember the pain. Remember your legs aching so bad you thought they were going to fall off? DON'T FORGET! It wont be better the next time."
And for now I am sticking with the idea that my first marathon was the one I will run for now. I can't say I wont do another one. But I know it will most likely be a very long time before my second.
I am finally feeling like myself again. My legs are back and feeling quite speedy I must say. My easy morning runs are not so slow as they were back in April and May. And I think I have finally have caught up on all my sleep so I feel energized and refreshed after a good nights sleep.
It feels good to be back, good to be back to normal and I think I am ready to start ramping up the miles again and training.
My next race is actually not to far away. I will be running the Boilermaker for the 7th time on July 8th (although not seven consecutive years since I got sold out of it last year). I am slightly excited but also scared. I haven't run that hilly 15k race in almost two years and I know this year will be hot. I just hope I feel good and enjoy the race.
After that race I am sticking with the plan of no racing during the summer. Last year I called it "No Race July" and ran no races in July and so this year I am extending it through the whole summer. I just don't like racing in the heat and humidity.
So that is my plan and I am sticking with it.