Countdown one week until the next marathon. By this time next week marathon #5 will be in the books. I’d like to think that each one gets easier and I get faster each time, but, as was the case last time, that doesn’t always happen.
I feel fully recovered from the last one. This week I had some excellent fast runs, but unfortunately they were all on the treadmill due to the storms we had every stinkin morning. Then, later in the week I was able to get outside but it was in the 20s so I felt stiff and tired and blah. I wonder if I will ever be able to run fast outside again. Lately it feels like I can;t and I’m not sure I can completely blame the weather.
A week ago Saturday I did a 16 miler which was my only “long” run between the two marathons (which are 4 weeks apart). I figure that was enough. Plus my body was not liking that run and Red woke up early so I scrambled to finish it. My whole lower body was achy in a weird way that made me think I might have some weird disease or be dying. Sort of like nerve pain. Maybe my back was out of joint or maybe I really am dying.
At least this time I actually feel motivated to run the full marathon. Well, today I feel motivated to run the full marathon. Hopefully I will still feel that way in a week. My post marathon plans are to run a 5k on Cinco de Mayo because the after party involves nachos! Ole! Then run a half marathon on Mother’s Day. And then a 25k the next weekend. After that, I will chill and do my usual summer races. I don’t think I will miss long runs, except when I look in the mirror and see my ass start to fall again. Hmm Maybe I’ll do squats.