The Iceberg Illusion is the observation that you don’t see the submerged, enormous, dark bulk of ice that it takes to support a relatively tiny, clean, bright tip.
I don’t think Nina or I really considered the bulk either, at the time. All the energy, both physical and psychological, channeled solely toward a single 2 hour period. It is not a natural thing to do. Waking up the day after Marathon Sunday we both had hangovers, although had drunk nothing (ok, I had a single bottle of Corona and a few sips of Guinness, but that’s it!) We were both walking around feeling like zombies for about 5 days.
Although it has also been a fantastic week, getting to be a normal guy for a while. Waking up after 7am, not having to pack two sets of running kit every day, going for a pint after work a few times, enjoying way more time with the kids. I have also found myself doing little sprints, like just from the car to the supermarket, because I felt like it! I NEVER did anything like that for the past 3 months.
I found it really helpful to physically draw a line under London Marathon (on our massive white board) and write down the Next Big Goal. The Snowdon Race, up and down Mount Snowdon as quick as possible. Last year I represented Wales in this international event, and this year I’m hoping to improve on my highest finishing position of 8th.
|legs ruined, but pain is symmetrical (a good thing) and not dangerous|
|legs worse, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (legs get worse before they improve)|
|legs much better|
|Really would like to run, resist the urge! First total week off in about 4 years|
|TOTAL:||0 miles woohoo!|