I am still very sore... more so than I recall in '06 when I did Portland. After CIM '07, muscle soreness was hardly noticeable. Today, my legs are still weak and have even 'given out' on me a couple of times when the kids and I walked to the park (just 2 blocks away).
I'm still floating on cloud 9 after my PR. I really didn't expect to improve at all going in... I really struggled with burn-out (training or weather induced ??) in the months prior to Eugene. Yet... would you believe I'm already dreaming of and planning my 4th?! Though I can't consider myself a Maniac, I love marathons. I love running.
My success on Sunday has reinvigorated me - summer is nearly here and the opportunities to get outdoors (running, swimming or cycling) are endless. Race season is here! There are opportunities to race all summer long! Racing is a celebration for all the training I have done.
I have just 10 minutes to shave off to qualify... only 25 seconds per mile. Once I've recovered, my thought is that I can resume training, beginning at 30-35 miles a week. A part of me wants to jump at the next opportunity (Pacific Crest in June). Another part of me says wait until at least Fall (Portland or Bizz) or perhaps even later (CIM, Phoenix or Eugene '09).
Who am I kidding though? I should maintain until July - then begin again for a fall marathon. That would logically be in my best interest, right?