I probably should have known better. The legs, while not sore, were quite stiff and I had the usual post-marathon concrete pillars effect. It meant I had to follow my usual recovery routine af nothing but 5 mile runs, though I could not help but notice that a couple of those afternoon runs this week were a lot faster than what I would normally call recovery pace. It's not as if I had pushed the pace - I just switched on the autopilot as soon as I started running and 5 miles later noticed that I had been a lot quicker than expected.
The HR has once again rebounded immediately after the marathon, which is always reassuring.
It's still only 4 days since the marathon, so I guess I can't complain. Since I have been going through the same routine a few times already this year, I pretty much know what to expect. In a few days the heavy feeling will lift one morning and I can run for joy again. But with a 100k to follow next weekend there won't be an opportunity to go mad (well, unless I really want to punish myself next Saturday), so easy running is pretty much all that's on the menu, with one mountain run thrown in for good measure.
The weather has mostly been lovely this week and I'm developing quite a nice tan, so much so that I keep getting asked where I had been on holiday. Sadly, this sunny weather seems to have ended now, today was rather miserable and the forecast for the weekend isn't great either. I was a little bit sad I'm not doing the Dingle Adventure Race this year, but looking at the weather I'm rather relieved I don't have to climb Mount Brandon over slippery stones. Good luck to all the competitors.
- 3 Jun
- am: 5+ miles, 42:03, 8:19 pace, HR 126
- pm: 5+ miles, 39:05, 7:54 pace, HR 128
- 4 Jun
- am: 5 miles, 40:05, 8:01 pace, HR 132
- pm: 5 miles, 37:30, 7:30 pace, HR 139
- 5 Jun
- am: 5 miles, 40:30, 8:05 pace, HR 129
- pm: 5 miles, 38:04, 7:36 pace, HR 137
- 6 Jun
- am: 8 miles, 1:03:34, 7:56 pace, HR 132
- pm: 5 miles, 38:52, 7:46 pace, HR 130