(after the feelings of nausea go away!)
A few of us were able to meet for a post race meal at a local pizza place.
I won't lie here. The venue was chosen, not for the food, but for the fact that I could expect my kids to play in the ball pit for a while. Selfish? Maybe...
We got to eat, though! And talk about everything possibly race related.
Julie and I caught up with each other, while her kiddos and mine battled it out in the padded room. This lady got a huge PR the day after a 50 mile bike ride. Ha! How's that for tapering?
Paul was able to beat his "A" goal by about a minute. He gave me the scoop on CIM and a little comparison to Eugene.
His blog is geared towards stats and race training science. He might obsess over numbers more than I do!
Notice our race T shirts? The Eugene Marathon T shirt is officially the BEST race T shirt I have now. Love the fit and the design!
We missed the lovely Tasha... :( she came and ate before any of us could get there! So here's an expo photo instead.
Amanda showed up a little late. I have NO idea what we were doing here, but she sure knows how to party!
Yeah, I am running...but it ain't pretty~
What has my return to running been like?
Not as easy as I expected..... My quads came around in about
- After my knee injury (I believe now that it was quadriceps tendinitis, and maybe a micro tear) I stopped doing any weight lifting.
- At the same time, my schedule also moved away from interval (5k) paced training and into just threshold, marathon pace and strides (1mile race pace, short bursts) for speed work. I didn't keep up well with the strides because I was concerned about re-injury.
- I ran more on-toe in this marathon than I have in the past.
- Sun: Race day
- Mon: Nothing
- Tues: Nothing but push ups and sit-ups
- Wednesday: Sore still , walking around the house, soreness gone by the PM. Wanted to run, but did nothing but push ups and sit-ups.
- Thursday: All soreness was gone in walking. Tried running. I got about 20 yards and came back in. I had fully expected to run without problems. Both soleus muscles, calves and front tibialis muscles were still very sore with running.
- Friday: Biked for about a hour. Kept to under 80% max HR (weights)
- Saturday: running on bark, 5 miles (very broken up with some walking and stretching)
- Sunday: ran for a whopping 3 miles (still sore, but no walking).
- Monday: I rode my bike for an hour, 80% max HR or less (weights)
- Tuesday: I ran 8 slow, fatigued, miles
- Wednesday: 8 easy miles again, but feeling a bit more pep in my step. Didn't feel fatigue until about 5-6 miles. (weights)
And now, it's time to refocus!
I have really enjoyed the recovery period, but I am more excited to get back to racing this time than after Boston last year. The question is- what should I be training for? Should I use my marathon fitness to try to improve my time in another full, or is that too risky? I am looking at a potential race on June 9th, and would want to get a PR.
Here is some more about that race: Tiny race (less than a hundred people), fairly cheap race, probably with a cooler start than Eugene. Starts at around 2200 ft and goes to about 3200 ft above sea level and I live at 200ft. Race is about 3 hours from me. Training would be with Pfitz's back-to-back plan..
I could wait until December to race another full, but it would cost more money to do one then- 10 hours away from me.
On the other hand... It would be a lot of fun to get back to some intense workouts, and start chipping away at my 5k and 10k times!
What do you think? Should I try for a second full or get back to speed and short races?