After the CM12 I decided it would be best to take the week off.
NO cross training.
Just eating my weight in junk all week as I watch trashy TV that has turned my mind into goop.
If there is anything important to take away from this year, for me it is that rest cannot be overrated and sometimes you've got to loose a bit of the fitness you've worked so hard to gain to keep healthy long-term. Even though I didn't "race" the marathon and felt great afterwards, I still ran 26.2 miles on cement roads that my body isn't used to pounding it out on.
|Thank you marathonfoto|
As I've spent most of the week on a marathon high embracing the miles I ran with my hubby, I have found it very difficult to enjoy what we just did together. While I am nothing short of amazed that my man went from barely being able to run pain free a year ago to finishing a marathon last week, that great memory has slowly been tampered with by others as the week has clipped on.
|This moment comes in a close 2nd to our wedding.|
Practically every conversation I've had with people this week has somehow involved a bit of marathon talk...
What was your finish time?
When did D hit the wall?
Where did you guys place?
Is he going to try to qualify for Boston? Are you?
How did you fuel?
What's next on the race schedule?
Whens the next marathon?
Why would you run it for fun and not race? And you started in wave 2?
You're taking a full week off after the race? Why?
By nature it seems like most runners are competitive narcissistic people. We boast about our accomplishments to one another where it sometimes feels like there will always be another runner in the background just waiting to trump what you just did and measure themselves up against you. If I had a nickle for every time this week where someone asked me about the marathon to only cut me off and tell me how awesome their race was either this year or in the past, I most likely wouldn't have to work until January.
Sometimes all the marathon chatter is just nauseating
New goals and another race medal
They are all awesome, and people should be proud of their achievements. But not every race NEEDS to be a PR and believe it or not, Boston is just another race that really isn't any more special than others.
(I'm sure there are plenty of people who disagree with me here, just how I feel)
In my personal opinion, the sport of running these days seems to brew a lot more egotistical egg-headed average athletes that are drunk on the stats their Garmin shoots out to them than there were 16 years ago when I started the sport without a watch or technical fabrics. We all at times seem to be a bit confused and tend to forget that the real athletes are already finished, recovered, showered, and on their way back home by the time most of us actually cross the finish line of a marathon.
I believe that D and I crossed the half way point when the clock for wave 1 of the CM12 was at 2:22.
I have NO shame in the fact that I just ran a marathon in 3:56:21, that I didn't race it, took a week off after it, have no commitments to ANY future races at this time, and no idea when I will run marathon #8 and go for that sub 3:05 finish.
Or that I'm a heel striker.
Which by some people's standards makes me an awful human being
|Critique me if you wish, but this is the way my body wants to run.|
That's the long and short of it because it is what it is.
And I'm not changing the way I run because it may bother you.
I love running and coaching because it has become so accessible to anyone and everyone, it just gets annoying to me when normal folks get confused thinking that they are Khalid Khannouchi when the majority of us are just mid packers with the dream of becoming front runners.
Besides, it's just running.
Besides, it's just running.