October 7, 2005
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Today was most likely the last day of 80 degree weather for the next 6 months (except for that random day in February/March that happens every year). While I had a great summer and enjoyed the outdoors more than I ever have, I’m ready for the seasons to change. Fall is always my favorite season with the cooler temperatures, the changing of the leaves, everything apples, baseball playoffs, college football on Saturdays, and Halloween. Bring on the cider and the autumn sweaters.
Still allowing myself to recover from the marathon. I have read that it can take up to 3 – 4 weeks for the body to recover. I briefly flirted with the idea of running in Columbus next weekend, but I don’t think that would be a very smart decision for me. So yes, that obviously alludes to the fact that I am thinking about future marathons. Last Sunday (when I was still hobbling around), I started looking at various marathons and planning my next one. I’ve looked into it a lot this week, and have not made any decisions. As much as I would love to knock another one out in a few months, I first need to find out how much training I can do in the winter. I have yet to try my hand at running in the cold, and I remember it used to be super-hard for me to exercise in the cold when I was younger. I am sure I will do plenty of indoor treadmill work, but there is no way I can see myself doing 8-20 mile runs on a treadmill. My personal best is 6, and that was a struggle. It’s just so boring, regardless of whether you have a TV or good music.
Anyways, my body feels mostly recovered at this point. The first few days had some serious muscle soreness (like when you suddenly exercise super-hard one day for the first time after months/years of no exercise). That has since given way to just a few aches and pains, mostly in the knees which had held up surprisingly well before the past couple days. I think I might do a brief run on Saturday. I have missed running this week and am anxious to get back at it. I’m thinking of doing a 5K in 3 weeks, and possibly a half-marathon in a month (again, depending on how my “cold weather” running turns out). So it seems that I have become addicted to running. I guess there are worse things out there.