Post VLM it’s been a mixture of recovery from the marathon and taper ready for the MK Marathon this bank holiday Monday.
The Monday straight after the marathon involved a fair bit of travelling as we went home via my sister’s house which was the opposite side of London from the hotel we stayed in. This didn’t really help with the active recovery but my legs didn’t feel too bad when we returned home.
Apart from some careful stair descending the following day I felt fine and even went for an easy run that evening, that turned into marathon pace by the end! A nice swim on Wednesday helped even more and dare I say it by Thursday I felt as right as rain again, so much so I ran again on Thursday and even squeezed in a useful six on the Saturday.
I was ready for my 5km swimathon on Sunday evening but unfortunately it was cancelled at the last minute. The suggestion was made by the Leisure Centre to reschedule it to the following Sunday night, the night before the MK Marathon – polite as my reaction was, I think they got the message that I wasn’t particularly enamoured by that…funnily enough the nice lady mentioned several other swimmers had reacted in the same way! If I was training for an ironman, fair enough 5km swim followed by a marathon around 12 hours later might make sense – but I’m not! It’s now on May 12th 🙂
The second week of my recovery/taper really was a taper, one 4 mile run, a 4.4 mile club handicap and a massage. The club handicap was good fun. I forgot my Garmin and then my Timex stopwatch also died so I ran ‘naked’. It was quite liberating and despite trying to run well within myself – I am tapering after all – I was only a minute off my best ever time so there was still some running in the legs after all. Things were looking up for Bank Holiday Monday and the MK Marathon….
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 2.5 miles easy
Wednesday – swim with GreenlightPT
Thursday – 4 miles easy
Friday – rest
Saturday – 6.4 miles easy
Sunday – rest (swimathon cancelled)
Miles for the week – 12.9 miles
Monday – 4 miles easy
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – 4.4 miles club handicap race (steady/easy)
Friday – physio/massage
Saturday – rest
Sunday – rest
Miles for the week – 8.4 miles