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Marathon recovery…2 weeks later

Oahu, Hawaii - November 2013

Oahu, Hawaii – November 2013

hard to believe i ran the marathon just 2 short weeks ago. it’s one of those crazy things that wasn’t even on my radar of things i want to do in this lifetime.. not even within reach, so i didn’t think about. but then one day, i did. and i ran it.

now that i’ve had a few weeks to reflect on it – i have a few thoughts.

i’m of course disappointed that i did not run it in 4 hours. but at the same time, happy that i ran it, felt great the whole time, and only missed the mark by 15 minutes. not bad for a first time out.

andre sent me a hilarious screen grab after the race that showed my race and pamela andersons (and a few other unnamed athletes) – here you can see, that i was slow and steady, even picked up the pace at the very end. i clearly had a much better race than pamela.

the day after the race was fun (ha!) – i never knew walking down the 4 flights of stairs in my apt. building would be so painful. beyond that, the rest was cake.

by day 2 – i was on an airplane for 11 hours heading to Hawaii – to recoup, and visit my favorite old friends and their new baby. (which, by the way – i’m SO in love with this little guy).

it was a great couple of weeks, filled with days at the beach, pool, strong coffee on the lanai every morning – and lots of local beer and (not so local) wine well into the afternoon and evening.

i feasted on local fish, surfed for the first time at Diamond Head on a windy day and did my first few recovery runs around Diamond Head – which was warm and humid – and strangely, felt even harder than the marathon.

Diamond Head Loop - Hawaii

Diamond Head Loop – Hawaii

now i’m home – fully recovered, no residual pain (in fact, it was all gone a few days out – something to be said for good training)…

i headed out earlier today for my first post-marathon central park run. i started in my usual spot, the upper north west corner (aka harlem hills) – was greeted by a beautiful sea of yellow leaves, and a balmy mist. i ran the upper 5 mile loop… dismayed by the fact the east side water fountains are turned off – delighted by the west side water fountains still working! and as i ran down cat hill – i saluted the black cat, and remembered seeing him just 2 weeks ago, with only a few miles left for the finish.

i already have 2 races lined up – the turkey trot in saratoga, and jingle jog in prospect park a few weeks after. it’ll be my 9th race – which gives me guaranteed entry to the marathon next year. will i do it? i don’t know. one hard lesson i learned this year is that todays reality, is not guaranteed tomorrow. so we’ll see. but i have my safety net in place and looking forward to the next year.

Posted by lizronk on November 17, 2013

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