Now that i have had a couple days to recover from my second marathon, here's how i'm feeling.
I took the past two days to rest, but i already feel antsy to go running. I miss it, especially when it's beautiful out.
I'm so hungry that it's terrifying. There is just never enough food. Ever.
I have some lingering foot pain and numbness. It's not unbearable by any means, but i don't just want to ignore it either. The surfaces at Sunburst were less than ideal, and my feet are paying the price. Lefty has a sore spot in between the heel and the arch, and righty has been numb in the big toe.
I am NOT in racing condition for this weekend. If i hadn't paid WAY too much for 13.1, i would just skip it, but instead i am just going to run it very slow and comfortable, and bow out if at point i feel that i'm struggling. This race means nothing to me, i am only going to see everyone anyway, so if i need to cheer people on from the sidelines, so be it.
I am super pumped for Summer marathon training, which technically started Saturday. While i was running a marathon.
Some things i need to work on this summer for my next marathon:
I need to get better about carrying water with me, especially during races. I have still not mastered hydration.
I vow to run at least one run a week at peak heat. Its going to take me a long time to adjust to it, but i don't really have a choice.
Strength training. It must happen.
Attend the CARA speed training at least twice a month.
I need to stop sugar coating ALL my runs with friends, music, and beautiful scenery. I need at least one "mentally hard" run a week. Somewhere ugly and lonely.
I need to eat better. The last month has been a nightmare. A tasty, tostito nightmare.
I need to work on my endurance. I really started to struggle in the last 4 miles. While training for Chicago, i would like to have at least one training run that is 22-24 miles.