one week post-half marathon

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever felt this good after a half marathon!  I spent the afternoon after the half soaking in an Epsom salt bath, did a short, easy run on Monday, and by Tuesday, I felt great!

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I really feel like I’ve turned a corner in my running.  I still have a little ways to go before I’m at the same paces I was running pre-second-pregnancy, but looking back on my training, I tried to listen to my body as much as possible.  I never really worried about my paces and just made sure I was comfortable.  If I was doing a repeat, I made sure to push myself as much as I could.  Long runs no longer felt completely unbearable and I was very rarely ever sore after them.

This was completely different than any other time I’ve trained for a half.  And thankfully, the half seems to be my race of the year this year.  I’m kind of excited that a 90 minute run doesn’t seem so daunting.  I really feel like this will help me with my 5K speed, but again, I’m focusing on the half marathon this year, so the 5K might have to wait a little longer.

The week post-half marathon looked a little like this:

Monday: 15 minute easy run – ran out to the high school and back with my track kiddos (1.69 miles)

Tuesday:  2 laps around the track (0.49 miles @ 9:03)

Wednesday:  30 minute easy run (3.57 miles @ 8:24/mile)

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Thursday:  2 x 15 minutes easy + 3 x 800m w/ my track kiddos (1.80 + 1.73 + 0.51 + 0.53 + 0.53 miles)

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Friday:  30 minute easy run (3.62 miles @ 8:17/mile)

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Saturday:  OFF – all day track meet

Sunday:  60 minute easy run (7.56 miles @ 7:57/miles)

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Total:  22.03 miles

I’m taking a couple more weeks easy before I jump back in to training!