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)|
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.