This past week was a weird limbo between marathon recovery and getting ready to leave for our trip. Additionally, the moment I landed from the Chicago Marathon, I was in full work mode due to the Santa Rosa/Napa fires. I work for an insurance company – homeowners’ insurance specifically, and I live about 50 miles away from where the fires were happening. This past week was the second week of the fires happening.
One thing that I loved about working in the insurance industry during a catastrophe like the fires was that I felt a little bit like I could help in a small small way. The flip side of that was that I was an emotional basket case because it was just so sad. I’d go to the grocery store and feel drowned in guilt that I was doing my regular grocery store trip when people were losing their homes to the fire by the second.
That all being said – my normal routine took a backseat to recovery and getting everyone the help they needed that I could. I did have a small amount of anxiety in regards to keeping it easier. I am going to be taking next two weeks off from any kind of routine and eating and drinking all the foods and wine. So shouldn’t I be hitting it hard this week? But I know that isn’t how it works. Besides – I have spent the last 20 weeks hitting it hard. 3 weeks isn’t going to hurt anything – and it will do me a lot of good.
Monday was 5.5 miles on trails with John at a 9:53 average pace. The route was wayyyy more elevation gain than we thought it would be, and definitely kind of a doozy for my first run back post marathon.
Tuesday I decided to skip the scheduled run & do 45 minutes on step mill instead. My hips were quite sore from running downhill so hard and fast.
- 3 rounds: 12/12 step back lunges with 45lb bar, 20 pilé squats (35lb plate) & 30 second plank
- SS3X: 12 squats @ 65lbs & 20 banded lateral steps
- 12/12 landmine press with bar & 10/10 plyo jumping lunges
- SS3X: 12 cable rows & 12 tricep dips with straight legs
- 3 rounds: 30 v-ups with 10lb med ball, 15 Arnolds & 15 lat raise
Wednesday was 5 miles easy at 8:46 average. I felt much better after the cross training day.
- SS3X: 15/15 Romanian split squat & 20 banded lateral steps
- SS3X: 15 bicep curls & 15 kettle bell swings
- SS3X: 30 second plank & 15 chest press
- SS3X: 15 pike push ups & 20 bicycles
Thursday was 5 miles easy at 8:59 average. I headed into the gym to lift after, but I got part of the way through and realized that everything was sore. Upper body, lower body, ect. So I cut it short after:
- 10 x 25 core
- SS3X: 15 bent over reverse lat raises & 15 upright lateral rows
Friday I headed out for 9 miles and it was awesome. I was jonesing for a long run already post marathon. Although 9 miles was just right – how did I ever run 26.2 at 37 seconds per mile faster LOL?
The post marathon recovery is so funny. You are in peak fitness, you go out and race and then two weeks later you are laboring to finish 9 miles. Ok, laboring is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point. Everyone’s recovery after a race is so different. This is the best I’ve felt post race actually, but it will still take a while for me to be ready to anything actually hard. I also think it is tricky when sharing your runs on social media. Some people will be back to running before you, and others will chastise you for doing any physical activity the week or two weeks after. And at the end of the day, you really just have to do what is right for you. Be honest with yourself and recover smart, but if someone tries to make you feel bad for running sooner or later than them, just know that they are projecting their own insecurities.
I hope you all have a great Monday and take at least a small step towards your next goal(s) – whether that be resting or a hard workout!