Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Did I Stop Running?

Nope!

I forced myself to take a full week off from running after the marathon. Reminding myself I'm still fairly amateur at the sport, I painfully sat around watching my more seasoned friends start back up!  To try an ease my mind, I read any literature I could find that supported my decision to take an extended break. While the Hanson Marathon Method suggest two weeks for all its runners, I don't plan on going H.A.M. anytime soon, so I decided to start after one week.

I looked forward to the positives, healing up, catching up on sleep, not having to worry about the time of my dinner or how it would affect my running start time. The sleeping part didn't work too well, I still woke up almost every day a little after 4am and had trouble falling back asleep for more than short intervals of sleep.

So what has been up? Well here are some photos (Mostly repeats from Instagram):

Cheeeeese

Here mom, carry my leaves

Throw Back Box

Snake and a Hedgehog


 

A nap before the most epic tantrum ever

Reading to her skeleton
Unauthorized Decorations

And my first run post marathon - Pint Night!
We're Fabulous!
And what is on my agenda? Today I'm taking a day off of work to see my kid in gymnastics as they no longer start after work.

Agenda for the near future: Catch up on blog reading/commenting (I haven't done this in like a week). Do easy runs only, try to get the house in order (see more unpacking and furniture assembly), get in 100% Halloween mode, write my review of the Hanson Marathon Method, and stay connected with the running community! (More social runs through the winter?)

Okay, family calls, leave some love!


17 comments:

  1. Wow, you actually did take a week off from running? Impressive! And totally earned/deserved/smart thing to do. As far as I know you're not training for anything right now, so there's definitely no reason not to take a little break. But how did you feel in your first "jog" back last night? (you know, because I could have asked you this last night, but we obviously had more important things to talk about)

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  2. Kelsey @ Fueling StrongOctober 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I am taking 10 days off of running. It's killing me, but I know it's what my body needs. In the mean time cross training is becoming my friends again. Only 2 more day til I can run again! WOO!!

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  3. How was it running again? How did your legs feel? I slept through my alarm this morning so I only had time for a couple of miles but I'm finally feeling normal again! I can't wait to log some double digits by the lake.

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  4. Recovery is so funny. Folks do it so differently and still swears\ that their way is the best way :) just gotta do what works for you. but hey, cute pics! I was ready to sleep by 8:30 last night (yet still stayed up writing, ha) :)

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  5. Yes maam! I probably should take 2 off, but I'll just be doing all slow/easy runs for a while until I feel all things are back to normal.
    The jog felt fine, our little sprint around the track made my hammies a bit tight.

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  6. None. I'm going to work on my half time and my form! I'll think about that in a couple months

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  7. Good call! Can't wait to start looking for friendly faces out on the path again! Don't let the cold keep you inside!

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  8. Running felt refreshing! Legs were pretty normal, but afterwards I can feel where the areas that aren't ready for any hard runs yet (well that indicated I SHOULDN'T lol).
    My first double digit may be Sunday!

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  9. I'll give you the short and sweet- Awesome plan, I just got greedy early and hurt myself. If I just followed the plan....I would have been golden

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  10. Keep taking it easy and heal up! You can build your base up easily before the next 18 week training starts right?

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  11. Same! Sunday should work for sure!

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  12. Rockstar!! We need more hours in the day!

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  13. Debbie @ healthy running momOctober 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    It's hard to take a break, but seems to be easy once you're in the break mode. Your marathon was absolutely amazing!!!!! Way to go!!!
    I did a 9k last Sunday & was fun to be back in the racing scene, but think it's almost over, as I'm a wimp in the cold weather & won't be running hours on my treadmill. How about you? Are you an outdoor runner even in winter?

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  14. Any plans to start up training to tackle another Marathon?

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  15. looking forward to the Hanson review...I have the book and have skimmed through a bit. May consider it for a marathon plan next spring, but it looks intense!

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  16. I definitely should of taken the time to ease back into things. Having 6 days off and then jumping back in with another race was dumb. Luckily I'm improving quickly after the initial post race pain I had. I think 2014 might be the year of very little racing - and 2 marathons - spring and fall :)

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  17. Pete B lakefronttrail.blogspotDecember 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Great running with you again last night. Let me know how you feel about a run Sunday. Your pace, your mileage, I won't peer pressure us to go fast, I promise... :)

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