Well, I am feeling much better but I am still not fully recovered yet…and it is killin’ me. It is so hard to go from 40 miles per week to zero, then trying to ease back into it. At times I think it would not be as hard if I were actually injured, but I am fine. Or perhaps this actually does qualify as an injury? You tell me, does letting your body heal after a marathon or ultra-marathon actually qualify as recovering from an injury? I think the big difference is a mental one. In my mind I am perfectly healthy and therefore should be able to run normally. However, my knee joints and calves do not agree. I guess this is what I get for running two marathons and a 50 mile ultra all within 8 weeks. (With the second marathon and ultra being a mere two weeks apart.)
Last week I did manage to get in a 6 miler on the weekend, but it pretty much left me icing my knees for the rest of the day. A couple of days later I did do 4 miles and it felt good. Today I am planning on another 3 mile run, and may once again try to do a semi-long run this weekend. I sure hope I am to the point where I can start training again. (At least slowly and short miles.) I think my muscles seem fine, but my heart rates seems higher than it was when training regularly. While I am sure I will get it back quickly, it is nagging me a little.
I am planning on running the San Francisco marathon in the end of July, so it would be nice to get the training under way. Luckily the race is 22 weeks away, so this little inconvenience should not affect the overall training schedule. This break is also kind of like a blessing in disguise because my plantar faciitis has also healed a bit. I can still feel a little pain in the mornings when I wake and take my first steps, but overall I think it is much better than before.