Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone made it through Hurricane Sandy safely. We are close to the coast so are very thankful that we had no damage, just a messy tree branch filled yard. Wishing lots of love and prayers to my readers, friends, and family in the Tri-State area who suffered worse.
This is my first week back from marathon recovery and it started off not-so-hot thanks to Sandy. I took two unplanned days off in a row as we were house bound. We stayed in our pajamas, played board games, drank wine, watched Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead. It was the best recovery ever but I’m anxious to get back to training. Yesterday I was able to get in a 7:20 min/mile paced 8 miler and today I have a longer 10 mile run planned. Everything is still at a relaxed pace but I’ll start to add striders in again before getting back to speedier stuff. Legs are feeling bouncy and grateful for the time off. I’ve jumped into a local half marathon race in two weeks. It will be a nice gauge of fitness for me to see where I am at after my time off. Click on the pic to get to the website.
Looking towards the next training cycle we’ve decided I need to work on two things: Hills & Strength. Hillwork means I need to spend an extra 15 minutes driving to a hill instead of being lazy and just running out my front door…no biggie. Strength work is harder. I HATE strength training. I’d rather spend those 30 minutes running 3-4 extra miles. Looking at my race photos and videos it’s clear that my body starts to break down (normal of course!) at the end of the marathon and more strength can only help that so every Monday that I can, I will be attending the Core Strength for Runners class at Running Etc. for any of the locals who want to join me. If you are not local come anyway and I promise to buy you coffee afterwards….or cookies…or alcohol….whatever you need. I don’t judge.
Who has Halloween plans? Going out? Handing out Candy? I confess I purposely bought candy that I do not like (Skittles and Starburts) so that I wouldnt be tempted to eat it all before today. As far as tonight I have a date with the Mr. to take 3 kiddos out trick or treating. My youngest cannot stand chocolate so it’s a WIN for me. I lack creativity and motivation so I’ll dress the same as I did last year…Minnie Mouse Marathoner. The link shows a picture of the real Minnie Mouse Marathoner so you can see how clearly twin like we are. The man runs 8+ marathons a year like that in full Minnie gear and thick black tights. He is FAST too! My friends and I adore him 🙂
Have a great Halloween everyone. Congrats to all the Marine Corps Marathoners! Lots of luck to the New York City Marathoners this weekend! Travel Safely!!