Ouch. Can that sum up my total post?!
I felt pretty good after finishing the race. I put my fleece and sweatpants on quickly, and it felt good to take my sneakers off and slip my feet into my Ugg boots. I was getting cold quickly though, so I decided to head home, rather than hanging around to see if I won the raffle for United airline tickets. I found the subway station easily, and it was a straight shot to Penn Station, to get the NJ transit train home. It was the best timing ever as well, the train just arrived into the station as I was buying my ticket, so I didn’t have to wait at all, and still managed to find a seat on the train. It felt like that drive to work when all the traffic lights are green.
By the time I got off the train my legs were starting to stiffen up, but it was mostly just my hip flexors. Mr. Badger and the kids were waiting for me at the station, and I drew myself a nice hot bath when we got home. I do realize that an ice bath is recommended for quick recovery, but I was still cold, and haven’t been brave enough to try an ice bath yet. I wasn’t going to start now!
I snoozed for a bit after my bath (4:00am is way too early to get up) then Mr. Badger coaxed me out of bed with some chocolate. He knows me well. I remembered that I had an apple in my NYC Half swag bag, and gave it to Billy, who told me “Mummy you must have gotten the best apple because you were the best at running”.
I’m biased, but he is the best, most sweetest boy in the whole world.
We went out to buy the kids new cleats for baseball/softball, and a softball glove for Betty, then on to Costco. The walking around did my legs good, and the kids love going to Costco for all the “tryables” a.k.a. food samples. By the time we got home it was kind of late, and I was back to my previous zombie state. I called it a day and ordered pizza delivery for dinner, then had a very early night.
I woke up this morning with legs like two planks. Is it wrong to love that feeling? Oh yes, I really did leave it all out on the course! I seriously would have been disappointed if my legs weren’t sore. It was moving day at work today, our department just moved down one floor in our building, but unpacking my stuff at least meant I could keep moving for the first half hour, instead of sitting still.
I made it through the day without needing any painkillers, and my legs actually feel better this evening. I will be going to the gym tomorrow, but still haven’t decided if it will be an easy run, or a walk on the treadmill. We’ll see! I’m still waiting for my official race photos, I have my fingers crossed for just one good photo that I can buy!
I mentioned yesterday that after running the NYC Half I have changed my mind about my plan for the next 6 months. My original plan was to keep a steady 35 miles a week until June, and then start Pfitz 18/55 plan for the Atlantic City Marathon in October. It was a tentative plan, with my thinking that if my training went well (injury free) for the half, then stepping up to the marathon would be a good step. I decided after yesterday’s race that I really, really enjoy the half marathon distance. It was long enough for me to have a strategy, and think it through while I was running. It was also nice to be able to change pace through the run, unlike the 5K, which feels hard the entire time. I was happy with my time yesterday, but I would really like to have another go in a few months at the same distance, and see how much I can improve. It was hard to be over the moon happy with my time yesterday when I didn’t have a true reference point for a goal. My time of 1:57:xx from when I was 23 didn’t really count in my mind as a good reference, I’m much older, and no longer exercising full-time. It didn’t take a huge amount of time for me to think that I would be more motivated training for a half marathon in the Fall, rather than a full. I guess the competitive side of my personality finds it far more interesting to beat a previous time, rather than getting a starting point time for a new distance.
I’ve also decided to add in some strength training, and start P90x (for the umpteenth time) once we have moved into our new house. I know that it is the wrong time to start now. We are going to England next week, then I have the AC April Fools Half, and then we have the house move. So starting after the house move is logical to me, and will also give me a couple of months of focusing on some strength work, with the ability to ease back slightly on my running weekly mileage. I want to keep my mileage above 20 miles a week, and will substitute running for the cardio portions of P90x. I’m changing it up partly just…. to change it up. I’m not bored of running, but equally I don’t want to GET bored of running, if that makes sense. I also want to lose a bit more weight, and hope that focusing on strength, along with getting back on track with healthy eating, will help me pick up my pace for any Summer and Fall races that I’m going to run. The last month of P90X will overlap with the start of my Fall half marathon training, but I’m hoping that won’t be too bad. I’m looking at doing the Another Mother Runner “Own It” half marathon plan. I modified the Hal Higdon Intermediate half plan this time around, and just want to try something different. There is no Pfitz half marathon plan, so AMR plan it is! If anyone has used an AMR plan in the past I would love to hear about it!
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