Emma arrived on Wednesday night and stayed through yesterday. We had a nice Thanksgiving dinner with Gumpop and Dinana on Thursday and a relaxing day on Friday. Saturday Emma got up with me (5:30 for me; 6:00 for her) and we volunteered at the Burn off the Bird 5K in Phoenixville.
Today I attempted my first run since the marathon. I had gone out for walks twice since last Sunday and both felt great. Today I went for a 2 mile walk. It was must more difficult than I had expected or hoped for. But nothing hurts so I think it's ok for me to continue a few more this week. My official training schedule for the Gettysburg Marathon (May 1st) begins December 18 with a 5 mile run. Until then I am giong to work on a few 2 and 3 mile runs to get back in the feel of it.
I've also introduced an exercise ball into my routine today. I'd like to do this workout 3 time a week; Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday would be ideal. These exercises will work my core (front and back) which will in turn should make my running more efficient and therefore less stressful. Theoretically, I should be able to last longer with a stronger core as well.