Today was my first day of running after The Maine Marathon. It felt great. Not the pace I would have liked after ten days off, but I’ll blame that on my TRX/Kettlebell/Pliyo class from yesterday. My next marathon is over four months away, so no real pressure at this point anyway.
The morning was gorgeous. I think it was our first day with temps under 40 (37 according to my phone), so it made it a bit hard to get going (funny to think that that will seem really warm in a few months), but after about a mile and half, I was really enjoying the cool weather. It was dark for about half of my run, so I got to try out my new headlamp which worked out great. Once it was light enough, I could see that the trees in the cemetery where I was running were really almost at their peak of fall color – almost glowing – it was beautiful. I love running in the fall!
It feels so great to be running again. The training program that I’ve followed for all four of my marathons (Hanson’s) starts on a Thursday, so it worked out perfectly for me to take 10 days off. How much time do you take off after a race? I’ve heard everything from no time at all to 1 day for each mile. I was glad to have the time off – it seemed kind of like a vacation, but I was starting to feel the effects of not running. It probably seems strange, but it wasn’t just the physical aspects, but I also felt like I was being less tolerant and having a harder time concentrating. I think having that “thinking” time while I’m running really helps me sort things out, so I can focus on work or whatever later. And, if I’ve completed a run in the morning, no matter what else happens later in the day, it’s already been a good day!
Thanks for reading and happy running!