This week looks a whole lot like a normal first week post-marathon. Which is appropriate, since last week's half-marathon felt a whole lot like a marathon.
After that race, my coach had asked me to take some time off. The fact that I didn't want to argue with him for even a second over this was a pretty strong indication that I really needed the rest. For much of this week, I was really tired, and didn't mind the lack of activity at all. I just slept a lot, ate a lot, tried to minimize the work stress, and pool-ran a little bit.
I did manage to get into the doctor for a physical exam and bloodwork - the physical exam found a white patch on the back of my throat, but fortunately all the tests came back negative for mono, strep, etc. The conclusion was that I have some random persistent virus, just like umpteen other people each year. And the remedy is traditional (if unfulfilling) - fluids and rest until I feel better.
As for that whole yellow skin after last week's race thing? There's no indication of either any liver issues (very good news) or that oh-so-cool Gilbert's syndrome. The explanation is simple - I raced a half-marathon when I was still recovering from this virus, and my body's response was to wave a yellow flag of "hey dummy - this was not a good idea."
[in my defense, I honestly thought I had kicked the bug pre-race. Plus I was pretty sick right before the 3M half, and that still went well. Being sick before a race doesn't always mean that you'll run a bad one. Some of my best races, including 3M, have been preceded by a bad headcold a few days before. But I guess that's also the difference between a head cold and a virus.]
Friday morning was the first day I started missing running/physical activity. I ramped things up slightly by adding some yoga/easy swimming to the mix, and then tried an easy run on Saturday. I didn't feel great on Saturday, but I don't know how much of that is an indication of still being weak, versus being stale and stiff from doing almost nothing for a week. I didn't feel any worse on Sunday morning, though, which is a good sign. If I'd overdone it, I'd expect to feel lousy the next day.
I kept Sunday in the pool just to give the legs a bit more rest - they felt very stiff and heavy on Saturday. But I was very cranky and annoyed about not running (trust me - this is a good sign). Tomorrow (Monday) I'm going to run again - depending on how that goes, I may show up for the Tuesday morning workout and do something careful and restrained.