I took the week after the marathon completely off. Then the next week I ran....twice. And the week after that...twice. And the week after that....thrice. And so it has continued. I have done much more easing than running. I have gotten my money's worth out of Netflix. Le most excellent boyfriend and I have leveled up in cuddling.
Part of my unmotivated lackadaisical attitude can be attributed to laziness and mental burnout. But part of it too is that I haven't felt strong and rested while running since before the marathon. For once in my goddamn life I listened to my body and let it rest. I'm hoping the break will translate to a stronger, healthy, flexible self in the spring.
That being said, I ran 4 miles on the track on Friday in 7:36/mi and 4 miles today on the treadmill in 7:29/mi. I can tell my aerobic fitness and strength has declined, but for the first time in a month and a half, I felt rested and strong. My breath came steadily and I felt the urge again to push faster faster.
So, in the words of President Jed Bartlett from my favorite show The West Wing,
I have 6 weeks to build back to a 36 mile per week base. This week will be comprised of a minimum of three 4 mile runs and one 8 mile run, with an option to do more if I feel good. Time to work like a Frolic Ninja!!!