Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekly Recap 3/3/14 – 3/9/14

I cannot believe it has already been over a week since I ran my first full marathon! I have to admit that it feels strange not being on a strict training schedule anymore. I had been following one since late October last year! This past week I have done very little for exercise. I know it is my recovery week, and so I purposefully made it to where I didn’t do much, but still, I am ready to get back to doing more!

The most difficult thing, though, is finding that new balance of calorie intake VS calories burned. In marathon training, all the extra running causes the need to eat more (more on that tomorrow!), and now that my mileage has decreased greatly, I need to be very conscientious about how many calories I eat.

With being off a training schedule means good things too – I was able to run as I felt comfortable for both pace and distance. Saturday I even was able to run without a fuel belt! I honestly cannot remember the last time my Saturday long-run mileage was short enough to not have to bring energy gels. It was a great run, and really I am just grateful my legs are back to feeling normal again. I think I’ll get back to running 4 times a week, at least until I complete the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in April. I also really need to do more strength training. Stronger muscles means stronger running!

Saturday’s Run Stats:image

Also this week, Robert and I registered for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and Jingle Jungle 5K in November, which sold out in about 24 hours! I believe it was a new sell-out record for this race in particular, due to the fact that it is the 5-year anniversary of the half marathon and they are debuting a special medal.

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I am SO excited for this race, and also for the #RunnersLove meet-up! You should check out Meg’s recap at Runaway Royalty for their first meet-up event from the Princess Half Marathon last month – it looks amazing!

My workouts this week:

Monday: Rest Day with Stretching/Foam Rolling

Tuesday: 3 Mile Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile) + Stretching/Foam Rolling

Wednesday: Yoga + Foam Rolling

Thursday: 3.5 Mile Run (Pace: 10:30 min/mile) + Stretching/Foam Rolling

Friday: Rest Day with Stretching/Foam Rolling

Saturday: 6.2 Mile Run (Average Pace: 10:36 min/mile)

Sunday: Rest Day with Stretching/Foam Rolling

Monday Motivation!   image

 QOTD: How long do you recover after a long-distance race before you get back to your normal exercise routine?

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  1. So excited for the Runner's Love meet-up! Thanks for telling me about it!

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    1. Me too! Hoping for one at the Nike Women's Half DC, too!

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  2. I usually start back SLOW after a race... but the longest I've done is a half. A full marathon? I'd need off a month :)
    Its always so weird to be off a training schedule, isn't it? A little lost.

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    1. Haha totally get that! And yes, it feels very weird! Luckily I still have two half marathons to look forward to in the next couple months :0)

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  3. Congrats on your first marathon, way awesome!
    The return back to running is different for every runner. Some need a week or two off, and others can jump back on it a day or two after and ease back into their routine. Listen to your body, and pay attention to any weird pains and do what you think is best for you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm definitely finding that easing back into my routine is the best way for me. And I agree - you couldn't have said it better, always listen to your body!

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  4. Your happiness about that 6 mile run just leaps off the page. :) I'm glad you're enjoying your post-marathon week! Having Wine & Dine to look forward to definitely helps. I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about balancing your calories now. I know what you mean about adjusting to lower calorie burn and normal levels of hunger after the super-hungries of training. Being back here at home and not running, I keep having to remind myself that "zero point" fruit isn't zero calorie and I need to be watchful about eating giant amounts of it until I'm back to running!

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    1. For me it's just a matter of eating the right foods for meals and snacks and writing down calorie counts for a couple weeks so I can get back to where I was pre-marathon training :0) I hope my healthy-snacks post today helps you out, though I think you have a fantastic grasp on healthy eating already!

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  5. I would love to answer your question but I haven't been running since i've been back from PHM ( but I have an excuse, right..lol)

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    1. I would say an injury is definitely a good reason to not run for a bit. I hope physical therapy is going well and your back to 100% soon!

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  6. Reading your posts makes me want to get back into running races again! I definitely miss those. It's so different once you become a parent and don't have full nights of sleep anymore :) What kind of Garmin do you use?

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    1. Races are the best :0) I love the sense of running with tons of other people! I can't even imagine how hard it would be running consistently while my sleep schedule was off that much... hopefully you can get some good rest soon! I have the Garmin Forerunner 10...one of the least expensive watches on the market right now but it does exactly what I need it to.

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