Okay. So that’s over. What’s next?
I need to say – the awesomeness that was finishing the L.A. Marathon hasn’t worn off yet. Neither have some of the pains. I went out for a quick and easy 3 miler last night and managed to strain a muscle in my back. Go figure. I can hack 5 and a half hours of beating myself up, but 200 feet from finishing up three easy miles, I land weird on my heel and wham! Oh well. At least the pain is localized to one area on my back and is feeling much better than it was last night. I’ll just add Motrin to my diet.
As far as “What Now?” – for the short term I’ll be on a marathon recovery plan to get my mileage back into the mid to upper 30’s. This week is pretty pedestrian:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: Rest
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: 3 miles easy
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: 6 miles easy
- Sunday: 30 minute tempo
- Total: 12 miles (or there abouts)
I’m kind of looking forward to getting back to a more “normal” life for a while:
- Joining my buds from Cal Coast Track Club on Tuesdays for track workouts
- Joining my buds from SoCal Trail Headz on the dirt on weekends
- Running lots of long slow miles
It’s also time to get serious about one of my other goals – dropping 30 pounds. I hate to say this, but I just finished a marathon training cycle – 536 miles on the pavement and 82 miles on the rowing machine, and dropped a total of 4 (count ‘em) pounds.That really means that I need to attack the intake side of the equation. Dang.
One thing for sure – I’m over marathons for a while*….
*Note: Ms. V and I have decided that we’re going to be the baby boomer equivalents of LARunner and Chicrunner at next year’s L.A. Marathon. If you haven’t already done so, you NEED to go read their blogs. My experience pales in comparison. Ms. V had to tell the paramedics to sod off when they pulled the stretcher out for her. Linda – they were going to give you a free ride! And Chicrunner is always full of bubbly smiles. Well – I’ve never seen so many forced smiles on your face Danica! Ever. So – come join us! Next March. Through the streets of L.A.! We’ve got scores to settle…..