Recovery from the marathon has gone pretty well. I've taken the last 12 days easier than I ever have in the post-marathon timeframe. As I mentioned in the TOU Marathon race recap, my hamstring started giving me some problems around mile 15 of the race, and it took about a week before it felt normal again afterwards. I only ran (a generous word... more like slowly jogged) about 40 miles the week after the marathon, which was my lowest week in about 2 years.
Soon I'll gradually starting to build it back up, with a goal of peaking again around Thanksgiving (plus/minus one week). I've targeted two half-marathon races for that period - Big Sur Monterey Bay (11/18) and RnR Las Vegas (12/2). I feel like I have a couple good races left in me this year if I play my cards right, and those races (due to their very competitive nature) should give me a great opportunity to go after a half-marathon PR.
I'm looking forward to this last cycle of training for the year. I'm going to keep my mileage a lot lower than during marathon training, focus on very specific half-marathon workouts, and hopefully end this year on another high note. Its already been a big year of training/racing, so I have to take a smart approach into these last couple months. Nothing trumps staying healthy and consistent.
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