So, a lot of people have been asking me how post-marathon life has been.
Well, right now Ben is at the gym working out, and he took the kids. There are dishes in the sink and there is laundry waiting to be folded and put away. I am sitting her blogging, eating a KitKat and petting the dog. hhhhmmmm
O.K. so this is an abnormal night, but it still feels so good to just CHILL and not totally freak out that I didn't get to the gym today. (well, maybe I freaked out a little, but I did stay home, and the peace and quiet it so worth it)
I didn't run at all the week after the marathon, and after that it has basically been running 5 miles on the treadmill at the gym 3-4 times a week. I have kept my pace the same. Good ol' 6.5 mph. I am not doing speedwork anymore, and that has been pretty nice. Sometimes after running, I will hop on the bike or the elliptical for a while to get the kinks out.
After training so hard for so long, it is really weird to run without something to look forward to though. I am going to do another marathon, most likely St. George, but not for a while. I am also looking into those mini-triathlons. That way Ben and I could do it together. I just need to learn how to swim for real...no doggy paddling. ;)
My passion will always be running though. Right now, it is a little hairy because of the slick roads. I LOVE LOVE LOVE running outside, and I can do that whether or not I have a goal in mind. I do it because I love it, simple as that. It is the dang treadmill running! BLAH! I stare out a window at the parking lot for almost an hour (that is if the window isn't fogged over with everyones stinky breath) while inhaling everyones body odor and sweat. Not to mention all those guys running next to me that drink protein shakes and fart the whole time. It is not easy to run while holding your breath. It is so gross! I guess if that can't stop me, not much will.
On the up side, the weather has been great the past few days, and if it keeps up, I am grabbing the dog, and we are doing some serious miles OUTSIDE!!!!! Fresh air, feet pounding the pavement, change of scenery, dog next to me, awesome new ipod songs ,aaaahhhh, can you feel it????