The hardest part of the marathon isn’t taper madness or the pain of mile 20. The hardest part (for me anyway) is the week after the marathon when I have nothing to do but sit around and wait to run. During the peak of training, the promise of a week off is a beacon of hope. When it arrives, however, it’s miserable.
On Monday and Tuesday, I was sore enough to not miss running. By Wednesday, however, my soreness was gone and the restlessness began. Yesterday, I almost gave in and went for a run but Will pressured me into staying home instead. I walked to get our CSA and played with the dogs but no run.
I understand the benefit of taking some time off after a marathon and in reality, I should probably take two weeks off but with the confines on racing Vegas in a month and the need to maintain the sanity, I’ll be happy with the time off that I can tolerate.
How much time do you take off post-marathon? How do you survive the boredom?