The day after 13.1

Okay, another new race distance has been crossed off the list and I look forward to returning to my normal training schedule. I’m not surprised that my legs feel a bit stiff and sore this morning. It’s a nice reminder of yesterday’s effort.

The winner of yesterday’s half marathon probably crossed the line just a few minutes after I’d reached the 10K point at around the 60 minute mark. It struck me that while 13.1 miles is a long distance to cover, my bigger accomplishment was pounding the pavement for over 140 minutes. That’s 2+ hours running at more than double my resting heart rate. Daily Mile calculated that I burned about 2,000 calories during the race. That’s like going a day without eating!

I need to get my knee back in shape but soon after that I will resume my long distance training. Even if I don’t run another half marathon this year, base building will certainly help me be more competitive during my 10K races. The pain of yesterday’s last few miles is already fading. I’m starting to think about the next half that I might run.

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