During my marathon I told myself, "NEVER AGAIN!" After my marathon I asked myself, "When can I do the next one?"
I waited about a week and a half to run again. I figured I would go to the gym and just do a couple of easy miles on the treadmill. I started to run on the random setting. I felt very stiff and slow. After about half a mile I stopped running and reset the treadmill program to no incline. I walked a bit before giving another go at running. I made myself go to a mile before quitting again. I couldn't push myself any faster than a 13 min/mile, which was pretty discouraging. I left the gym with a pretty low ego. I mean, I had just ran 26.2 miles! How could I not even get to 2?
I tried running again today. It was a beautiful fall day - sunny and chilly. I told myself to just take it easy, no pressure, if I have to walk a little that's fine.
|Right before I started running again. I love fall!|
I took off. I glanced at my watch, because I was a little out of breath, and was only at about a 13 min/mile. I felt a little disheartened again, but just kept going. After just over a mile I decided to take a walk break. I walked for about half a mile.
I knew I could run the rest of the 1.5 miles home. I put my favorite song on repeat, Daddy Yankee's Limbo, and just took off. I felt good. I was starting to get a little out of breath again and saw that I was at a 10:30 pace. I slowed down a little and felt comfortable at about an 11:00 pace. It felt good to finish strong!
|Tried out my new BAMR band. It worked awesome!|
But, now what? It's hard for me to work out without some kind of plan to follow. I need some kind of race to work towards. I'm going to have to use the next couple of days to figure out what I want to do.
How long do you wait to run after your marathon? Do you always follow a training plan or just work out for fun?