I don’t know if I can file this as recovery related, but I have been training for a half marathon. I have been going to the gym for quite some time now and decided that I wanted to challenge myself so that I could have a goal and work to achieve that goal. It has been working so far. Having a training plan and a goal has been making my progress tangible. It is more than just going every day to the gym and not being sure if I am getting any where. I suppose that’s the purpose of goals. How this is recovery related I suppose is that I would not have been able to do this 2 years ago. I used to sit on the side lines or even on the couch when Mare was out at these events. I used to get annoyed when she would wake up really early to go for these runs in the morning because I may have just fallen asleep. It used to take me hours and hours to fall asleep when I was drinking. There got to be many nights when I was just up all night drinking. I don’t think I would even make it up to bed. Now I am getting to bed early to get my rest prior to these long training runs.
Today was tough, real tough, I had to do my longest run ever of 18 Km. It took forever and I almost quit a few times. But this was a real gut check today. I got through it and I think I will be ok next weekend. One week from today is the actual half-marathon. Today has been a total write off, I finished the run and then had an epsom salt soak and then spent the rest of the day asleep in bed. I wish I was able to recover faster from this type of training. But I am still new to this distance type running. I don’t know if this is going to be something that I continue to do after this, but we will see. If I really enjoy it I will consider signing up for another, but I don’t know how Mare does this without training for it. Crazy chic….