It has been exactly two weeks from today that I ran the Boston Marathon. Hard to believe that only two short weeks ago I was in the amazing city of Boston racing through the historic streets! I want to go back already. :)
In the past I have made the major mistake of jumping right back into fast running and racing immediately post marathon. Running a marathon is exhilarating and exciting and sometimes it is incredibly hard to fight the urge to jump right back in the saddle. But this time around I am trying to be wiser and a little kinder to my body so I have taken the recovery phase a little bit more serious.
Which has lead me to run for the pure enjoyment of running. I am so so thankful for this recovery period to remind me why I run. I run to explore, I run to relax and self reflect, I run for fun and because I truly love running! Recovery has been so so good for me not only physically but mentally as well. I will let the pictures of my adventures tell the rest of the story.
|A trip up to Maple Lake to jog/walk around with the pup.|
|Yes this is in my backyard. Only 5 miles from my house.|
The week after Boston I ran as slow as my body needed to go and did not crack a 9 minute per mile pace. It was so nice to just relax and let my body control the effort. I ran many of the same paths I have ran before but since I wasn't focused on pace I was overwhelmed instead by the beauty that surrounded me.
|Spanish Fork River Trail|
|Line of trees right next to my house. I run on this road about 6 times a week.|
|The gorgeous sunrise I caught while running last week.|
|The Orchards by my house that I run in 3-4 days a week.|
I have spent lots of time exploring and soaking in the pure thrill of running. I rarely run with music but during these recovery days I have definitely been running sans music. The natural sounds around me and my light and soft foot strike has truly seemed magical. Last week I naturally broke into the 8 minute pace and just ran base mileage.
|Track Sunday with the pup. No speed work here but just easy jogging.|
|Sunday afternoon walk around Salem Pond.|
And to keep the "fun run" streak going I ran the awesome Color Me Rad race with my sister on Saturday. So much fun!!
|My Sister and the awesome Ashley before the real color festivities began.|
|Me and the Sister afterwards. The picture does not even do it justice. We were COVERED with COLOR!|
In addition to resting more, running slower, and embracing the pure beauty of the Utah outdoors recovery has also included:
1. Increasing my protein and taking an iron supplement.
2. Sleeping more, icing more, compressing more, rolling more, and practicing the preventative care I have always been taught but rarely abide by as a runner.
3. More quality time spent relaxing and laughing with family. Laughter is truly the best medicine and if you laugh hard enough it even works those ab muscles. :)
|James's Mom forgot to pack his coat so Grandma came to the rescue with her sweater. Perfect fit!|
|Spending time with these three little ones was so much fun and definitely helped aid my recovery. ;)|
So whats up next for me? I am recovering really well from Boston and physically feel about 99% recovered. I am still feeling a bit low on energy but after being on the iron supplement for 10 days I can feel my energy levels coming back to normal. I attempted my first speed workout on Saturday after 12 full days of easy running and will be trying my cards at a 5K this weekend. Wish me luck because I have a feeling I am going to need it.