The running has been fairly pedestrian since the marathon on Sunday as I try to heed Mystery Coach's ominous light blue "recovery" shading on the PDF schedule for this week. After 10 easy on Monday and 12 easy on Tuesday morning I decided to meet up with the Workout Group after work and get in an easy 5 1/2 miles before heading out for pizza with the gang to wish our local team good luck at cross-country club nationals this weekend.
It could have been the can or two of Old Style at Rocco's Pizza or the double that day, but for whatever reason I dragged through the last four miles of a 12 miler yesterday. The soreness from Sunday came back at me a bit towards the end, and I finished the run feeling fatigued. As a result I canned the planned second run with the gang that evening and ended up shopping for jeans with my wife (having a brutally honest spouse is good for this sort of endeavor). Yes, I am aware I just wrote that I skipped a run to shop for jeans. This is the price of recognizing a need for recovery and indulging it.
Two pairs of jeans and a good night of sleep later found me on the road for 16 this morning, and it couldn't have gone better. The soreness is gone and I felt like I had my stride back.
Training: Today, 16 miles, 1h48m, 6:49 pace
12/5, 12 miles, 1h23m, 7:00 pace
12/4 pm., 5.5 miles very slow & easy