Four days out and I finally laced up the shoes again (different shoes – the Saucony Mirages are retired). It was short, and it was slower than marathon pace but it was (mostly) pain free! I rolled for 10 minutes, ran for 30 and rolled for 10. Getting back out for the first run after a big race is always challenging mentally and physically. I always talk about my relationship with running and well, Sunday we went through a tough time. There’s fear that running will be abusive and painful again. Fear that I won’t be as strong. But bigger than that fear are the feelings of excitement and anticipation to return to something I love. We can’t jump right back in, we’re starting over. Nice and easy for a few weeks before we get really committed again. Here’s the plan:
Long distance running and I are going to take a long break. Erin’s already talking about the next marathon but Tiff and I are staying strong and not giving in. I’m sure I’ll run another one (see how quickly it changed from Sunday…..), maybe before I’m 30. No marathons in 2013, probably not 2014 and maybe not even 2015. I have a big half marathon goal to get back to – but even now, due to budget and races scheduling restraints, that must wait.
Next big thing: BE FAST!
2013 GOAL: RUN A 5K IN LESS THAN 21 MINUTES.
This spring I want to switch from being a really long distance runner to a faster and shorter distance runner. It’s a completely different kind of fitness, training and running. I’ve been studying a little bit in school how to train for speed and I’m interested to apply it to myself. So, that’s what this spring will be for, and then a little bit in the fall I’ll get back into the halves….gotta get some more states (Michigan, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Kansas are bein’ talked about!)
I took the first two days after the marathon (Monday and Tuesday) completely off of working out. Just going down the stairs felt like enough effort to count for an hour on the road. Wednesday I managed to take a spin class taught by Tiff and it felt so good to slightly achy muscles. Today I went for an easy run, and I’ll either Spin or run again tomorrow.
This Next Month (Through March 17)
I will take a break from any kind of scheduled running. I’ll use the extra time to nest around the apartment, explore my hometown, practice cooking, read, study (guess that one should be first!) and maybe even date a little ;). I plan to continue doing the Taco runs on Tuesday and maybe one or two other maintenance fun runs on the lake throughout the week with friends and music. Easy, no-pressure running. The goal for this month is to rest my mind, rest my running muscles and develop strength and power. To work on strength and power, I’ll start doing a lot of jumping workouts and strength training.
If you’re just coming out of an intense training season (like for a specific event), it’s a good idea to check in on your body composition. I know that normally during endurance trainings I gain a little weight. It’s nothing that’s a big deal but the time to take care of it is now, in this off-season. It’s so hard to lose weight in-season because you need to eat enough to feel fueled to perform the higher quality workouts. So now, in the next four weeks of lower quality workouts, I can balance the energy systems a little better (and get off the “I just ran a marathon, I can eat whatever I want” mentality. Two days is enough 🙂 ).
I also hope to explore the options at the campus gym a little bit. I’ll have some specific workouts I need to get in (the plyometrics stuff I mentioned above) but for the most part, I can wake up and do whatever kind of activity I feel like that day. And that is so refreshing!
March through April
Photo Courtesy of Reid Sprenkel
This will be track season for me. I’ve already written out my specific plan for each month (I had to for a presentation in class) and know what to expect. Lots of laps on the track by the stadium. Fewer miles total but more miles at specific paces. It’s going to be challenging but I’m hoping to rope Erin and Tiff into parts of it. My target race will be in the April/May/June months. I’d really like to try to redeem the Gibson course (ran the first mile too fast last year) but I also want to run a 5k here in Austin.
Details on the individual months will come as the months do….excited to put some science behind it, and my degree to use!