It has been 48 hours since I finished the Erie Marathon on Sunday. I am in the recovery mode. My body still harbors the memory from 2 days ago. It’s not only psychological. More like physiological.
No question, the Erie marathon had the flattest course I have ever run. And its small field size gave plenty room for individual runner to maneuver. But one downside about the race was its course surface – predominately concrete pavement and very unforgiving on one’s joints.
I trained for and ran the Erie marathon in sandals. My legs were more conditioned to hard surfaces. But in reviewing my marathon splits, I was surprised to learn my final 1.2 miles took me over 10 minutes to finish.
For sure I thought I was pushing harder and running faster than that. Perhaps the truth was that I was more fatigued than I realized which explained why my shoulders and arms were sore.
What does fatigue feel like to you?