Last week I didn't get to run with my friend Holly, as she was recovering from a cold. Today we were back together again for an "easy" 4.4 miles. She had done a 20 miler over the weekend, and I of course, am still recovering from Saturday's epic run. :)
It seems strange that after a run that long (the 27 miler) I would just jump right back at it with more running 2 days later. In the past after running the marathon distance, I would have been likely to take a few days off from running. I am happy to see the improvement in my physical fitness that shows through a shorter recovery with less soreness and less mental fatigue. I am very pleased to report that I actually feel pretty good. My biggest complaint post-long run is that I've been tired, but that's also partly due to the fact that I got up at 4am yesterday to watch the women's Olympic marathon, after only getting about 5 hours of sleep on Saturday night. My calves and hamstrings were kind of tight and sore yesterday, but this morning even that is better.
So Holly and I ran our 4.4 miles with an average pace of 9:45, then came back to my house where we did level 2 of the Jillian Michaels 6-pack Ab DVD (35 minutes) followed by about 15 minutes of additional leg and core exercises.