It’s time to get back on the horse, as they say, and truthfully I was anxious to do so. Normally after a marathon I like to take 2-3 solid weeks off. In this case, since Philly didn’t go as planned, I was feeling back to normal within days. I chose to take 7 full days off, then start short easy runs mixed with additional off days. I’d say in the first two weeks I ran 8 total miles. I see people bouncing back quickly and I wonder how and why? Enjoy those days off! You deserve them. Eat pie! Drink wine! I had pie every day for ten days after my marathon. It was amazing. I didn’t share any Philly photos on my last post and wanted to share the one below. Now with some time apart from the race, I can look back and smile on the whole weekend. Love these ladies with me below and loved our time together then. (Here is Megans new blog for those who’ve inquired about her incredible race- CLICK HERE.)
Before Philly, if you had asked me if I would run a spring marathon, I most likely would have said no. Now though, I’m certain I will (as long as I stay healthy!). The marathon is such a heart breaker but its my favorite event and I hope I don’t sound over confident when I say that I feel very strongly that I can do it better than I’ve ever done it before. So my A goal for spring is to run sub 2:47:09 (my PR) at the Shamrock Marathon. Why Shamrock? First off, my friends and coach will be there. Second, I’ve never run a marathon local to me. I’ve traveled for every marathon I’ve ever done and I’m thinking it may be nice to roll out of my own bed and drive 15 minutes to a race start for once. I may kick myself at mile 18 when I’m running into a strong headwind though! 😉
Another reason why Shamrock; I am lucky enough to be part of the J & A Racing Shamrock Training Team. If you are local to the area, I highly encourage you to check this group out. Weekly meet ups, classes, coaching, shoe fittings and classes at Running, Etc. , and more are part of the group. The best part though is the constant support from your teammates and how they encourage you to celebrate the journey every single day. I knew that if I chose Shamrock I would have the opportunity to cheer for these teammates running the half and maybe give out some fun side fives during the full.
So am I back to “marathon training”? Not quite. I have begun a new strength class with Direct Performance & Functionally Fit. Twice a week I go in for 30 minutes and have my tail kicked. It’s incredibly challenging for me and I plan on doing an entire post on these workouts soon. Here is a glimpse of one workout below where I look completely thrilled to do more side planks. What doesn’t kill us right?!
As part of this new strength regimen, I had my body composition completed and will have it done once more in 8 weeks to see if I’ve made any progress. It was eye-opening to say the least. Um, I’m guessing this is where all the pie I’ve joked about comes into play…as my kids would say “You just burned yourself.” My body fat percentage was 22%, which is a tad high for someone who runs as frequently and as intensely as I do. I debated putting this on the website but I’m trying to be real here. I’ve read Matt Fitgeralds books, especially Racing Weight (great book!), and know that closer to 17-18% is ideal for someone with my goals. I do NOT want to lose any weight. I am at a good weight for my height, but maybe need less pie and more muscle. Basically I’m not concerned about it but I will be a little more mindful after the holidays and as my goal race approaches to keep a healthy balance. I’ll let you all know if this new strength regimen helps out in that department.
So far I’ve only had one workout back, which was 8 miles with four at a strong pace. It was the first time I had worn a watch in over a month and I surprised myself. I expected to be around 6:15-6:30 for the strong paces but hit 6:06 average for those four miles. It gave me a little confidence for my next race which will be the Surf N Santa five miler. I have no goals for this race except to shake some of the rust off and have fun. Hope to see many of you there! Thanks everyone for the love on my last post. It was needed and appreciated beyond words. Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! Xoxo!