So why the heck am I already back up and running some of you may be pondering. Well my next A race is Steelhead Half Ironman in August and official training for Steelhead started March 19th.
Obviously the called for training schedule was modified so that I could run Boston hard.
But with nearly a week off for taper before Boston and pretty much a week off afterwards it's time to get back to work.
I know that some camps recommend a day off for every mile raced, but I think that may be a little off base. And while I may be getting a bit of friendly scolding here on my blog for getting back into my swing too quickly I am getting just as much flack at the bagel shop for not doing enough post race. Ask any of the under 3 crowd at the bagel shop what I should have been doing Tuesday after the marathon and they would tell you that I should have been out running.
What did I do Tuesday after the marathon? Work and rest. I did absolutely nothing for 4 days after Boston (except putting in some quality time at work, watching movies, sleeping a lot, oh and blogging). Saturday I only ran 1.5 miles. Sunday was an easy 40 minute jog. Monday should have been an easy swim. (2000 yards is not a very long swim workout for me. I have swam over 3,000 yards after taking months off.) Yesterday was Tuesday and Tuesday's I run on the track. Granted I could probably have taken it a bit easier but I was not pushing that hard.
I have been running for a long time and I know my body pretty well. This is why Monday's post swim crap was really scary. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. I've never hit the proverbial wall, ever.
So what happened and why the heck did I go to the track yesterday after that?
Here's my thoughts:
I usually swim in the morning. I usually eat a large dinner. I usually am extremely hydrated. I usually take a gel pre swim and swig some water.
Mondays swim was done around 2pm. I ate lunch at 11am-ish. I may have been drinking less water than normal. I didn't take a gel before swimming. I forgot to eat breakfast.
So my best educated guess is that I was dehydrated combined with low on carbs. And I usually get a bit dizzy first time back in the pool so those three things added together caused the undesired resulting sickness.
Was I nervous about going to the track yesterday? Hellz yeah. But I could either sit and worry or go and see what happened. I chose the latter. I made sure to eat a hearty breakfast yesterday morning, a big carbed up lunch and as an extra precaution I took a gel before the workout. Added to that I made sure to stop and swig some gatorade after each interval.
Other than the sickness on Monday I didn't see any real reason why I shouldn't do the track workout. My legs are pretty recovered from Boston. No residual soreness. I am walking normal and some of the things that were ailing me pre Boston are actually not ailing me now. So I figured I'd go and see how it went knowing I could always take it easy and pace someone slower if my legs weren't up to the task. And I had friends there if something scary were to happen again.
I did a thorough warm up with 2.25 miles easy and felt pretty good. The 800s were not forced at all, they felt like a decent tempo day. The 200s hurt but 200s always hurt for me, I'm not a sprinter. :) Today I have some soreness in my quads and a bit in the calves. Nothing painful, just feels like I did a track workout yesterday.
So don't worry about me folks :) I feel fine! Actually I felt pretty damn good during the track workout yesterday and the haze from Mondays swim is completely gone. (I honestly think that now that Boston is over and I took a few days off, the marathon just becomes part of my base for training to come. I didn't plan a major break and I don't intend to take one unless I am injured. I am really starting to think that your body is capable of adapting to whatever you throw at it. I never would have thought that I could run 3 20+ mile runs in the span of a month before this year but now I know I can and that my body will adapt and it will bounce back stronger.)
So my plan for the next few weeks is to take things as they come. Nothing too hard but a lot of long slow distance in all three disciplines. Lots of aerobic base building. Will I run hard at the track next Tuesday? It's highly possible. But I know my limits on the track, trust me. And I don't think one hard/fast day a week is going to undermine anything I am trying to do.
What am I trying to do? I am trying to be the best I can be come August 5th. And on August 6th? I will have 70.3 in my base training bank for Chicago and JFK ;)
I guess it is a scary thing when people start to weigh in on what you are doing. No one likes criticism that's for sure. When I started this blog the only ones reading were mostly non-athletes. So nothing I did was really questioned. I knew best ;) I know I don't have to justify anything to anyone but thank you to those that question what I am doing because it forces me to stop and really evaluate whether the choices I am making are what's right for me. So far I think they are!