"Mike, this might be better left for MC’s 'Question & Answer' period on Monday, but given you raced last weekend, I’m curious about the length of your recent runs, 49:51 and 1:02:05. I realize everyone has their own strategy, and we all recover at different rates (me quite slowly), but your jaunts appear on the aggressive side … thoughts? Do you have any immediate goals?"
My pal Michael, who is gearing up for the Rock and Roll marathon in Phoenix, Arizona this January posted this in the comments the other day, and it seemed like good fodder for a post.
As far as my runs starting out a bit long, I guess they are when compared to after other marathons. I pretty much just headed out the door on Tuesday planning on 4 miles and things just felt good. Wednesday I felt even better, which led to an extra 10K of easy running in the evening. Usually I can barely run during the first four days or so after a marathon, so my thoughts are that the conditions (and perhaps my condition) and the slower pace kept me from damaging my legs too much.
The other thought in the back of my mind was a small medical issue that necessitated fasting (including fluids) from Wednesday night until Thursday afternoon (thus no Thursday run), and a resulting recovery of anywhere from 2-5 days after that with no running. With these unavoidable zeros in my head, I probably subconsciously got back to it quicker than I normally would, as no running for a week straight would almost certainly put me in the loony bin. I mean, just look at Patrick these days. If I start writing about poop I will most definitely have gone too long without a run.
Training: Wednesday pm., 6.2 miles around 8 minute pace. Zeros since then.