half marathon recovery, running a 5k

I’ve been bad this week- not really working out. Truth is, after all that training for the marathon, I’m a bit burnt out. It was a lot of hard work, and I’m just kind of done in.

That is actually my big hesitation in running a full marathon. I want to run a full marathon one day, for sure, but training for a half marathon takes so much out of me that I’m not sure if I’m ready for a full marathon!

Not to mention time… I’m a slow runner, and those long runs take time. Two or three hours each week for the half marathon, and it takes enough out of me that I can’t really do much else that week. A full marathon would be twice as much time, and presumably twice as exhausted afterward.

But, no complaints… I am actually running a 5k tomorrow morning, and next week I will be running again. Tomorrow’s 5k will be an easy run… It is a free race sponsored by our local health department, very close to my house, so why not run it? I’m actually torn… since my time in the half marathon was slower than I’d hoped, I kinda want to push myself and try for a PR in this race. Plus it’s a super-flat course. But at the same time, I haven’t been training for a 5k and I should probably take it easy.

I am healing nicely from the half marathon. My blisters are almost entirely gone. The chafing under my arms is much improved- just a couple patches of dry skin now. Best of all, my muscles feel better! More energized. So maybe I’ll run hard tomorrow. We’ll see!

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  1. Glad you are healing up and feeling good about the half! I am totally addicted to them. Give it time to get to the full, it can be a long term goal. I started training for my first full after running for about a year. Now I’m training for my second and feel like I have a much better base a couple of years later. It helps!

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