Training: The Week After a Marathon
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down and typed out any words. I drafted the Rock n Roll Marathon recap but it’s just a mess. My thoughts are all over the place. So, I’m trying my best to organize it and shorten it a bit. I’m at a point where I feel like I need to hire someone to finish that post. Because it is an important post with lots of gold nuggets of wisdom. But, honestly my days have become so exhausting lately that attempting to muster up any creative energies later becomes a chore. And blogging was never meant to be a chore for me personally. It remains a creative and emotional outlet for all my running ramblings. Because we runners talk about running too much..
Now that there is no “Marathon Monday” title what will I do on Mondays?! I’ll tell you what my week has looked like post marathon…I generally don’t run for a whole week post marathon but since I felt pretty good coming off this one (besides the heat mess…I feel like I hydrated well before, during and after) because I didn’t run as hard as I originally planned due to heat.
Sunday: we traveled home zero running miles. (If you’re really curious feel free to stalk me on Strava!)
Monday: total REST, stretching, foam rolling
Tuesday: I went for a leisurely two mile walk. But, I got bored real quick. haha
Wednesday: jogged and worked out for a mile. Very slow! I was hosting an evening 30-minute class. Which I’ve had to temporarily suspend for very good reason…more on that later. I promise. You’ll just have to stick around for next month…
Thursday: 6.3 trail miles with a friend. My quads were still tired but if felt so good to hit the trails!
Friday: Easy 4 miles in the woods with the dog…she’s not a good running partner. Oh, she loved the first two miles then after that it was literally dragging her butt back… boxers…
Saturday: 5.71 this includes a short warm-up, paced a slower 5k group and a little run afterwards.
Sunday: 8.20 miles just because I felt like it. 20 minutes yoga
Total miles: 27.21
Every day consisted of stretching, foam rolling and/or yoga. Nice and slow and low. Rushing through marathon recovery is a recipe for disaster. So just don’t every do that. Take plenty of total rest days and run easy when you do. Don’t be afraid that “you’ll get lazy and never run again”. If you’re a true runner the break will serve you well and cause excitement about running again.
The next greatest thing on my schedule is hosting the 5k BootCamp here in town! I had so much fun with it last year I can not wait to get started tomorrow with the girls!! Summer for me is always a fun way to get back into weight lifting (YES–I lift weights!), running shorter distances and speeding up a bit. I also garden a little bit and clean the house (you know all the things that get laid to the side during marathon training?). Oh the domestic goddess that I am… ha!
What’s new with you? What kind of fitness do you generally take up over the summer? Still run all the miles or do you back off?
8 May 2017 / runpinkjess / 5
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