Week of March 11, 2012:
Sunday: Long walk
Monday: Short run (first post-race run!)
Tuesday: Off (except for some crunches and stretching before bed)
After almost three days of rain—hard rain, soft rain, rain rain rain—the weather has turned beautiful here. The air smells gorgeous, perfumed with flowers and green things, and we have warmth again. Spring is my favorite season in Texas. It’s by far the most comfortable and exciting, as the temps climb back into the sweet spot. For me, it’s also a little bittersweet because spring’s lovely warmth will give way to summer’s oppressive heat. It’s the same feeling I have about autumn in the Midwest: autumn is beautiful, it smells fantastic, the food is awesome, and eventually autumn will be overtaken by winter’s brutal cold. With both seasons, I feel really inspired to seize the day, to enjoy every minute for what it’s worth.
Monday was beautiful, and I was ready for my first post-half-marathon run. I made it a short run, probably 20-25 minutes (I didn’t time it). I expected a pleasant, easy run, but it was HARD! My legs felt sluggish, and my body generally felt heavy and tired. I was really surprised by how difficult this “easy” run was, and all I can think is that this run was really more of a recovery run from the race.
I’m not sure I’ve ever run quite so soon after a half-marathon. For me, my half races have always marked the end of a training season. This year, my goal is to run outside as much as possible into the summer months, and I’m planning to run a 10K in Michigan in June. I took a week off from running after the Armadillo Dash, and I feel mentally ready to resume running. But I think this week, to be on the safe side, I’m going to keep my runs short and sweet.
PS I feel guilty that I have no photos of spring blossoms or sunshine in this post, but I’ve been feeling stretched thin by work and my wounded heart. I think this weekend will be a bit more relaxing and less dramatic for me (I really, really hope it is!), so my camera and I might get to spend some quality time together in a few days.