After the Marathon

23Oct11

It’s been a full week since I crossed that line.

A week filled with sleeping.

Usually by 9 pm. (This is pathetic even for a granny like me.)

A week filled with eating.

Mmmm, carbs.

A week filled with slow, stiff-legged walks counting as exercise.

Embarrassing. And don’t even get me started on what I looked like going up and down stairs the first few days.

A week filled with wondering where to go from here.

Thanks to my web research, the time advised to take off of running post-marathon ranges from 24 hours to 30 days.

So basically, it’s up to me.

I’m already setting my sights on the future.

(Don’t worry my little Southerner. I won’t exceed the recommended 2 marathon a year limit. ;))

My friend and I have discussed a spring race together so that’s a possibility.

But part of me really wants to do something fast again.

I know training on my own is the best decision for me. I can be flexible with my training and take care of issues as they arise. There’s no politics, no pressure, no expectations.

Still, since I stopped racing competitively at school to focus on dealing with my chronic injuries and eating, I’ve missed it.

The brutal workouts.

The camaraderie.

The running through snow, rain, mud and hellish heat.

The early morning practices, the late returns from meets.

Since I was 10 years old, it was my life. Quitting last February, I went through a bit of an identity crisis. Who was I if I was no longer a “runner”? It was the one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I was an upset, frustrated, angry wreck. Why couldn’t I get it right? Why was my body constantly falling apart on me? Why didn’t I fit in?

Months later, I’ve realized that I still a a runner. Being a runner doesn’t require a team or a uniform. And I’m healthier now. Mentally, physically, emotionally. I doubt I would’ve progressed as much as I have had I stuck with it. It just wasn’t right for me.

For now, I’m playing it by ear. But a 10k, a 5k or something faster that I’ve really trained for may be coming up in the near future.

And I couldn’t be more excited.

400 meter repeats, how I’ve missed you!

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One Response to “After the Marathon”

  1. this made my night.


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