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nikkipoo16

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Write a race report my hearts not in or navel gaze about race recovery?  Door #2?  Great.

 
Was feeling like I'm not bouncing back after a recent marathon and I decided to seek some facts from the marathons I have records of my after training for (not going to track down the paper ones, can't track down the ones I wrote on my mirror in college in dry erase marker, and the internet ate some when different platforms changed their programs and didn't store/migrate info...hmm, sound familiar?).
 
  Total miles in the 7 days after race Max distance in first 7 days (mi)
2017 6 4
2017 10 6
2015 0 0
2015 8 6
2014 13 6
2013 6 2
2012 10 3
2012 14 6
2011 16 6
2010 12 6
2010 7 4
So there's the data I found.  Answer:  I should give myself a break, things are pretty normal.  This is close to my low (2013), but that was after another race I found killer.  Also, por lo visto, I only followed that zero mile week rule 1x.
 
OK, I'll talk a little about my marathon.  Part of the toughness came from terrain.  The other tough part was that I ran many miles alone, some where I couldn't see anyone in front of me (note: not because I was winning).  One of the folks cheering commented that I was like the lone ranger.  Tell me about it, lady!  By about 1/2 way through I was thinking of Modest Mouse (see title) and passing the miles by thinking about who would have enough to think about to fill up 26 lonely miles.  
 
After ~18mi I saw I was going to miss my B goal the thought passed my mind: what are your trying to prove?  This had also passed my mind a few weeks before during a hot race I ran with my team.  I'll see my note above about giving myself a break.  I guess some days I just don't see the point in killing myself.  It doesn't mean I won't PR again.  Just means it wasn't my day.  Anyway, given that I'm feeling a little burnt, I'm gonna try to take a few weeks and regroup then focus on some shorter races with my team to round the year out.
 
Happy running.
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I'm okay with not running at all the week after a marathon. And then slowly getting back to it. The break is good for me physically and mentally.

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I'm old, so I need at least a week of zero miles. I've tried to take two, but unless there's an injury I just can't go that long. Last time I had an issue and was off six weeks. SO WEIRD!

And, btw, it's so nice to see nikkipoo on the new Loop.

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I like to take close to a full week off of running after a marathon. I want to do this as long as possible, so I do that to prevent burnout and injury. But everyone is different and you have to figure out what works best for you. My next marathon will be closer to the marathon after that than I've ever done, so I may run a little more than I usually do, but we'll see how I feel.

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Yeah, take it easy on yourself. I'm no marathoner, but after that much preparation and that big of an event, a little mental decompression is in order as well as the physical rest. 

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On 10/11/2017 at 9:52 AM, Running Nole Fan said:

I, too, support the idea of "down cycles." Congrats on the finish!

Thanks :)

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On 10/11/2017 at 10:48 AM, NavEng said:

Yeah, take it easy on yourself. I'm no marathoner, but after that much preparation and that big of an event, a little mental decompression is in order as well as the physical rest. 

Wise words, sounds like you're ready for the full (ha, or not, whatever fits your goals rt now).

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On 10/11/2017 at 9:57 AM, Dave said:

I'm old, so I need at least a week of zero miles. I've tried to take two, but unless there's an injury I just can't go that long. Last time I had an issue and was off six weeks. SO WEIRD!

And, btw, it's so nice to see nikkipoo on the new Loop.

I'm glad there is a new loop to be on...i got lost for a while in reading (supposedly) healthy living bloggers and whatever the last RW update was that req'd me to sign in every other click was driving me nuts, but I think its time to come back (even if as a reader most days).  Now if only someone can get Remy here?  I miss his blog.

 

Also, I'm pretty sure everyone needs a week of zero miles...I'll learn.

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1 hour ago, nikkipoo16 said:

Wise words, sounds like you're ready for the full (ha, or not, whatever fits your goals rt now).

One of these days  . Maybe

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Off subject, and apropos of nothing...

My mother was born in the smallest of small towns... Nankipoo, Tennessee.  Move there and you could be Nikkipoo of Nankipoo!

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On 10/14/2017 at 11:00 PM, SeniorRunner said:

Off subject, and apropos of nothing...

My mother was born in the smallest of small towns... Nankipoo, Tennessee.  Move there and you could be Nikkipoo of Nankipoo!

Fun fact...I've had that screen name for 20 yrs an never knew of this!

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