It's 2 days post-marathon and I actually feel pretty good. DOMS started to set in last night but another 9 hours of sleep seemed to help. Surprisingly my PF isn't as bothersome as it has been even when I got up both in the middle of the night and in the morning. Actually it's the best its felt in a while.
Yesterday I spent some time getting the training plan set for the next 3 months which created somewhat of a dilemma for me. One of my goals for 2015 was to maintain my streak of 100 miles per month but due to taper, short month and post race recovery I'm going to come up 20 miles short.
As I was putting together the plan, the competitor in me initially scheduled a week off with 20 miles set for next week so I could hit the target. The pragmatist in me however realized that no matter how good I feel now, I really should take 2 weeks (at least) to heal up and recover. After all, the streak is just an arbitrary number but my ultimate goal is to BQ, run Boston and earn the medal. These things are real.
Even though I know that the proper equation is Training = Diet + Workout + Recovery, sometimes you need to step back, think about what is really important and ask for advise. Those of you who know me are well aware that when asked, I'll always suggest rest over trying to push through it, however when the shoe is on the other foot I'm not the best at taking my own advise. Fortunately I have a great support system between Christine and Twitter and the response was overwhelming; Forget the streak, REST!
Since I often need to hear things from others to make it sink in; thank you Christine and thank you Twitter. Also, with my Garmin having issues, this makes for the opportune time to send it out for repairs which, will take about 2 weeks. No watch, no HRM, no running. Brilliant.
The plan is now for a full week of rest to let everything recover. That means no XT, no stretching, nothing, nada, zip. I've been at it for almost a year now and I need some time off. If, and only if I feel like it, I'll get in some stretching and maybe a little bit of upper body/core XT next week. Or I might be lazy and do nothing, who knows.
So, if things go the way I want them to, come March 1st my PF will be back to 100%, the TFL issues will be gone and I'll have my watch back. That will give me 6 months of training for a mid-September BQ attempt. Shaving an hour off my time isn't going to be easy but to quote Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) from A League of Their Own...
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."
This is going to be a fun trip, I hope you enjoy following along on my Road to BQ.