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!
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)
Thursday: 2 x 15 minutes easy + 3 x 800m w/ my track kiddos (1.80 + 1.73 + 0.51 + 0.53 + 0.53 miles)
Friday: 30 minute easy run (3.62 miles @ 8:17/mile)
Saturday: OFF – all day track meet
Sunday: 60 minute easy run (7.56 miles @ 7:57/miles)
Total: 22.03 miles
I’m taking a couple more weeks easy before I jump back in to training!