I have been stewing on various theories as to why I have so much energy this past week or so and I have come up with the following;
1/ My body adjusted to the extra energy I was putting out almost daily whilst training for the marathon and now just expects to be putting out that much energy.
2/ My fitness level is way up from all that training so I am just fitter and energetic.
3/ It’s all psychological as I now know I can run a marathon and therefore cannot whine too much about keeping up to 6 kids and a cantankerous husband (and I mean that in the most loving of ways)
4/Also on the psychological side… I just feel like I’ve accomplished this big honkin’ goal and it just feels good. I feel good and I have more energy.
I have been feeling very optimistic lately, just more prepared to take on whatever curve ball life cares to throw at me. There are still parenting issues to deal with, looking after aging parents, financial difficulties but I’m just feeling stronger in my ability to deal with it all. Is this all because I ran a marathon? I can’t help but think that it’s a combination of feeling physically good and also still drawing on the high of completing this huge goal I had set out for myself.
I haven’t run more than 2 miles at a time since the race. Sunday I went out on a lovely little run with #3 and considering he’s only 10 AND considering that it was my first run since the race, decided to go very easy. Monday I jumped on the treadmill at the gym for 2 miles and was having some significant pain in my left knee (it used to be always my right knee bothering me) I took Tuesday off and then ran 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym yesterday and really kicked it! I felt like I was flying and the computer read out said I was doing a 9 min mile but I know it’s very different out on the pavement. Nevertheless I was happy that my knee was not giving me any troubles.
I’ve actually been jonesing somewhat for a “long run” so maybe this weekend I will have the chance since it is a holiday weekend. I would be thrilled with a 5 miler.
Crazy, 5 miles has suddenly become “long” just weeks ago it was “short”!