first run on the east coast in ~6 months! :’)
it’s freaking cold here so breathing set my throat on fire but it felt so good. my legs powered up the massive hills easier than expected (where i live now is flat as heck) and then i sprinted down with my arms out wide and the biggest smile on my face, going as fast as i could until my lungs and legs were burning. i didn’t use my watch, but i ran on roads i know so well i could tell you the exact mile markers even with my eyes closed.

also, first run since the marathon. (clearly) i am out of the runner’s world holiday streak. which i expected, and would advise to anybody who just ran a marathon lol. could i have forced myself to run 3 miles the day after? absolutely. but is that worth possibly injuring myself? definitely not. rest is soso important after distance races. gotta let those micro-tears heal even if ya feel amazing. (unfortunately i’m not sore - i’ll explain when i post the race recap).
this felt good! during the race i developed some ankle/foot issue and it flared up once i took my shoes off. so i may need to take another day or two to rest/ice/advil and see what happens.
also, related to the race: they made free, customized shoe tags at the expo and i love mine :)

“Running is flying*”

*When you walk, one foot is always on the ground. When you run, most of the time you are actually airborne. For example: a 6-foot-tall runner with feet about 1 foot long was found to take 1,250 steps while running 8-minute miles. Thus, while covering 1 mile–5,280 feet–he was in touch with the ground for 1,250 feet and airborne for 4,030 feet.

Put another way, he was in the air for 76% of the time. So don’t think of it as a 10-mile run. Think of it as 7 miles of flying.


“Running is Flying”

By: Paul E. Richardson