I've taken the past three days off from running, since I just put my body through 26.2 miles of mega hills, and it's driving me nuts. This morning I took a walk to Central Park and longingly watched others jog past me. In a moment of weakness I decided to run—just to the next lamppost, which turned into the one beyond that, which turned into half a mile. And now my knee feels funny. Oops.
Recovering from a marathon can be tricky. Experts say it takes about four weeks to fully bounce back—but you don't want to completely stop exercising during that period and you also don't want to put too much pressure on strained joints and muscles. So I'm filling the next two weeks with walking, spinning, and light running on trails and grass. And then I'll ease back into running on pavement.
In the meantime, I'm going to stay as connected to the running community as possibly.
Will you be in NYC tomorrow? Meet me at the Jack Rabbit New York City Running Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion (123 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). A $10 ticket gets you into the event, plus $15 off any purchase you make. I'll be at the Achilles table on the 2nd floor from 3pm to 6pm. Come learn about the Hope & Possibility 5-miler and upcoming volunteer opportunities.