It was an amazing experience, and I'm glad that I decided to get out there and claim the marathoner title once again.
Will I run another one? I hope so. Maybe even in 2014. Maybe even twice in 2014. Who knows?
The only race I actually have scheduled right now, though, is the Mustang 50th Half Marathon in April. Who else running it?
Ideally, I think I'd like to do another marathon in May or June and then *maybe* Tri-States again in Nov (they moved it earlier in the year, so maybe it won't be so cold) or something. Do you have a favorite race I should check out?
Anyway, I attempted a run yesterday morning. It wasn't pretty. My shins were screaming by 0.35 miles, and I knew I'd be lucky if I got in a full mile. I did! But I decided that was enough.
A little disappointed, I posed the question on Twitter.
3 days #postmarathon I attempted a run. It wasn't pretty. How long after a marathon before you're back to regular running? #fitfluential
— Clarinda (@EnjoytheCourse) December 11, 2013
@EnjoytheCourse it took me two weeks but I had a hairline fracture :(
— Kayla Preston (@kaylapreston) December 11, 2013
@EnjoytheCourse usually a couple of weeks for me. I take the first week off completely
— John T. (@tomlinsj2) December 11, 2013
@EnjoytheCourse i normally take 3 days off running but cross train though. #RunChat
— Alex Magdaleno (@Amagdaleno32) December 11, 2013
So I guess now is the time to step back a bit from running.
I think I'll take at least a week off entirely, and then start doing short, easy runs. I plan to increase my yoga and do some of the many, many workouts I've pinned to my Workouts board. And maybe I'll start biking to work again. Cold, cold GO AWAY!!
Ultimately, there are a lot of things I wish I would have done differently in training for Tri-States, and I really believe that strengthening my core and cross training will help immensely in making me a stronger runner.
And I want to be a stronger runner before I start training again for another Marathon.
What's your favorite way to cross train?