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!