I took most of last week off from excercise and substituted it all with naps. Then I rewarded my nap with some ice cream and went back to bed. I keep hearing that rewarding yourself is good and keeps you motivated. I learn from the best.
It was nice not having to get home from work and rush back out for my workout. I feel like I’m always trying to pack everything into my days – work, workout, cleaning, errands, family time. Taking one of those out really gives you “nothing” time, which made me realize I’d be pretty awesome at being retired.
I went for my first post marathon run Thursday night. I ran 6 miles at a 9:39 pace. That used to be my body’s natural running pace and now it’s very uncomfortable to maintain. I miss being able to run sub-10:00 minute miles naturally. I wore my Asics Gel Nimbus 12’s in case my Mizunos caused my knee pain during the marathon. The first mile felt a little weird, but after that my knee felt back to normal. My back and shoulders were still really stiff, but more overall instead of just in my left shoulder.
Yesterday, I went for another run in my Mizunos to test those out. I ran 4.75 miles at a 10:06 pace. Ugh. Worst run ever. The weather was perfect so I can’t even blame the heat. I probably walked 2 miles and paused my Garmin whenever I wasn’t running. I’m surprised I made it 4.75 miles since I almost stopped at 1.6. I didn’t have any knee pain but then again, I didn’t run that far. And I didn’t notice any shoulder pain until later that night. It’s more like an annoying throbbing than a specific pain. It’s hard to describe. So, today, I got a massage to work out some of the knots in my back. My shoulders feel better but not 100% so I made an appointment for another one next week. In the meantime, I’m going to stretch more (yawn) and get back to my regular workouts.