Since my last race in late October, November needed to be my ‘recovery’ month. Cut the miles significantly, let the body heal after all the damage inflicted upon it while training and running the last marathon.
Kinda funny, but right after a race, I can feel that my body is wounded. Often, for a week or two after the race, my knees are extra aching, the ankles are weak and I usually get a cold. Runners beware, injuries are most likely to raise their ugly head, during this early recovery period. For me, luckily, the most serious injury has been a twisted ankle.
For the entire month of November I only logged about 50 miles. Can’t imagine that in about two months, I’ll trek that many miles weekly. Ran about 2x per week, easy recovery runs. Ran back to back Saturday long runs (actually short long runs 6 & 7 miles) with a friend, Carter. About a decade ago, he was a serious runner, not an easy “recovery” run kinda guy. Completed 3 marathons and couple long distant relays (Hood to Coast). For a few years, he’s told me “count me in for your next marathon”. Hasn’t happened. But, just in the past month, he found his motivation and even signed up for the Eugene Marathon. (6 months in advance). He’ll take a shot at 3:30- his first Boston Qualifier (BQ). If we can sync our training schedules, would be nice to run once a week with a friend.
A friend recently gave him their daughter’s old kitchenette set. His new favorite toy: