At the beginning of last week, I felt like I would never walk the same again! I felt like about an 80 year old person on Monday and maybe about a 70 year old on Tuesday. I was so sore! But by Wednesday, I really started to feel so much better, so I decided to go out for my first run since the marathon. I only went two miles and even though I felt so much better, my legs were much more tired than they would normally be after only 2 miles! But I took it nice and easy because I didn’t want to strain myself too hard. Here was a quick look at my week:
Monday, June 23rd: Rest day
Tuesday, June 24th: Rest day
Wednesday, June 25th: 2 miles running
Thursday, June 26th: Rest day
Friday, June 27th: 3.11 miles running
Saturday, June 28th: 1 mile running (Macklind Mile Race)
Sunday, June 29th: 6.22 miles running
On Saturday, I ran the Macklind Mile which is a quick, 1 mile race in St. Louis. It’s a really fun race because it’s basically over before it starts and it’s a good place to have a PR because it’s a mostly downhill course. Last year I ran it in 7:41 which was the first time I had ever run a mile under 8 minutes. This year, I wasn’t sure what to expect because even though I was feeling much better, I was still so tired. Phu was down for the weekend, so she did the race with Justin and I. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself to get a PR, but I ended up getting one anyways – 6:59! Last year, I broke an 8 minute mile for the first time and this year I broke a 7 minute mile for the first time, so next year I will shoot for under 6 ….. haha! JK!
My 10K run on Sunday really felt great. The weather was perfect and my legs were feeling much more “fresh”, and I feel like I could have ran even longer but I stopped because I didn’t want to push myself too hard. I have to remind myself that I just ran a marathon a little over a week ago, and that I am still technically in recovery mode. So even though I want to run longer and faster, I just need to take it a bit easier so that I don’t injure myself.
This Saturday, Justin and I will be running in the Freedom 4 Miler. We did this race last year, but it was in downtown St. Louis and this year it is moving to Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo. I am really looking forward to it and will talk about it more in my blog tomorrow!