Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Marathon Picture & Summer Plans



I thought I would post more pictures than just this one, but am having trouble getting all my big time technology (read P.O.S. craptastic old desktop computer) to cooperate. And really, this picture says it all. Medals? Good. Beer? Good. Post-race smiles? Awesome.

Aside from this being my best marathon ever, I think I have also experienced my best-ever recovery. I had some problems with my lower back in the couple of days after the race, but lots of stretching and an intense massage session seem to have cured those problems. My legs feel awesome. I ran five miles on Saturday for my first return to the road, and did a seven mile tempo run last night. All good.

Now it's time to jump into the summer schedule. Here's what I'm thinking: Monday - speed work at the track. Tuesday - tempo run. Thursday - hills or 4-6 miles in the evening. Saturday or Sunday - long(ish) runs. I'll also continue (okay, resume) my easy 3-4 milers most mornings before work. My main goals are to maintain my fitness and increase my speed in the shorter distances. I've got the 1/2 marathon at Grandma's coming up in less than a month, and I would really like to break two hours.

Secretly, I would love to do another marathon again soon. I think if I act on this wish, my husband may divorce me. On the way home from Green Bay, he asked if I was done with marathons. Um, hello? Why would I quit when I'm just starting to get the hang of these things? But the training is a lot, especially with a munchkin in the house. One per year is probably good, with lots of shorter races mixed in. Bring on summer training!

14 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

great pic and so happy to hear your recovery is going so well!

Jamoosh said...

The medal looks sweet! (you should do a close up) It's about three times as big when I did it back in 2006.

D10 said...

You did have a short recovery. Glad the legs are feeling good. Your summer schedule looks really good.

Marlene said...

That's a great pic!

Glad to hear you're feeling good and training again already. I think a sub-2:00 half is doable!

M2Marathon said...

Aw, cute pic! I love the hot pink shirt! And the beer. :-)

Good summer schedule...I think you can break 2:00! And I agree, it is a challenge fitting in the training with munchkins...can you say "sandwiches" for dinner?!

Mama said...

Cute picture! Great job on the recovery. Wish my body would get it's act together soon!

MCM Mama

Ali said...

love the pic! the summer plan looks good, hills are killer but will make you stronger

Marci said...

Gosh I have been so slow to catch up on your blog, a big congratulations on a great marathon, and I am happy to read you are recovering well!

Running Through Life said...

Great picture. I am glad that you had a quick recovery and are back into training again.

I Run for Fun said...

Sweet pic!

I can't understand how husbands think that when a marathon's over, we're done with marathons! Don't they know it's only just the beginning?

Good luck with training for the 1/2.

joyRuN said...

Awesome pic :)

LOL at hub's wishful thinking! My hub's the same way.

Sarah said...

That is a great picture!!!! Wow...you are really jumping right back into your training! I really need to start doing speed work at least once a week, but can't seem to get myself into it.

RunMommyRun said...

It doesn't take long for the fatigue to wear off and the planning for the next one in your head to begin. :) I'm already thinking to fall, LOL.

You have a great summer plan - where do you find the time?? :)

aron said...

yay for speedy recoveries!!!! love the pic too :)