Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Recovery is hard

A whole month blogging hiatus! Yikes! Recovering from my marathon has been tough. I haven't been injured. But my running mojo has disappeared, and although I keep trying find it, I haven't been particularly successful.

After the marathon, it took about two weeks for me and the family to fully recover from our ailments (which included a ridiculously scary Emily vomiting episode about 5 days after the marathon).

With recovery in full swing, I started running regularly again. I even did a few speed workouts, which went quite well. I thought I might try to run some fast 5K's this summer. It's been a long time since I've broken 20 minutes, but I've been pretty close the last couple years. Well I ran a 5K last week (see awful picture above), and I was sorely disappointed. I wound up running 21:09. Granted it was at noon in 90 degree heat and I was the 6th overall finisher out of 50, but not even breaking 21 minutes was a huge disappointment. Also, my knees were killing me afterwards. Not IT band hurt. I know my knee issues aren't caused by running. It's from being on the floor a lot with Emily. The last few months we've moved her diaper changing area to the floor (just to be safe). It's a killer on my knees...

Even before the 5K, my running has just been lackluster. I'll have a good day here and there, but mostly I'm just blah. Part of the problem is sleep. I average 5-6 hours of sleep a night, which simply isn't good enough for me, but that's where I am. Emily is the happiest, cutest baby during the day, but she really struggles in the sleep department at night.

I had been planning on running the BayState marathon in October. After Providence, I told my friends and family that I'd be doing the half instead. I woke up this morning and thought to myself...I want to run the marathon in October. I don't know why, but I do. Nick told me I need help, to which I replied "good point, maybe I should get a coach." He shook his head and said, "that's not what I meant." Nick tells me fairly regularly "You're crazy, I love you, but you're crazy with a capital K..."

So here I sit, thinking about running BayState. I guess I'm still undecided, but right now I want to run.


Happy Feet 26.2 said...

While you are thinking, think about Mt. Desert, ME marathon in Oct. (a hilly slow marathon for me)

Running and living said...

I lost my mojo, too, and have no excuses! I missed you! Must have been rough with the little ones!

Do Baystate! I just registered so will be there. Maybe we could do a few runs together:) I have no idea what pace I will be training for, but it will not be 3:06 this time, even though my HM pace predicts that. I am slower by about 5 min in the marathon.

lindsay said...

lol at the "help" definitions. it seems like a good number of bloggers have been waffling over a fall marathon... myself included.

geraldine60 said...

You could always do the Hyannis marathon in Feb.

Pam said...

Good plan! Fall marathons are great, the weather should be crisp and perfect! Unlike your recent 5k.