05. June 2014 · 5 comments · Categories: life, race, Relay, running · Tags:

I feel like my whole summer is already planned out! It’s all good, fun plans though, so I am really looking forward to doing #allthethings.

June

I’ve already talked about all of the wedding things I have planned in June, so once that’s over, marathon training starts!

Image from therunivore.com, which was one of the blogs I read in search of HMM info!

I have decided to do the Hansons Marathon Method this time around and I will officially be starting on June 30th. This will be a whole new plan for me, more running days, more super easy runs, and shorter long runs, but I am super excited about it. I spent about a month this past winter researching the plan and reading anything and everything about it. I read the book, read blogs from people who have used it, and I started to feel pretty confident and excited about using it. I definitely plan to blog weekly recaps about my training, so that’ll be here before we know it.

July

In July I have another bachelorette party to go to! This one is going to be a really fun trip and just in case the friend that it’s for reads my blog, I’d rather not mention where we are going because it’s supposed to be a surprise. Hoping for a beautiful, warm, and sunny 3 day trip!

August

Originally I was planning on going to Bend, OR for the Oiselle Team Camp. Everyone on the team was invited on a 5 day camp that involves running trails around Bend, doing yoga, and the chance to bond with your teammates from around the country. I am SO SAD to be missing out on this opportunity, but I absolutely cannot afford it. The plane tickets are outrageous and I can’t make it work. Sad.

Instead, I am going to do the 100 on 100 relay race in Vermont with Lauren and #cheesebaby! We have our team just about filled, we may need 1 more person, but it’s going to be so much fun. Lauren and I have talked about doing this race and I’m so glad we can make it work this year. If I’m missing out on Bend, I want to at least do something fun that weekend that won’t cost $1,000.

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I also have Abby’s wedding to go to in the beginning of August, she’s going to be a gorgeous bride and I can’t wait to see her and Anthony get married.

September

I plan on running 2 races this month, I have not signed up yet, but it’s on my list to do. The 5th Avenue Mile on September 13th and the NYCRuns Queens Half in Flushing Corona Park on September 14th. It will be a double race weekend!

I’m intentionally not racing a lot this summer because I plan to stick to my training schedule as closely as possible and the Hansons Method doesn’t leave much room for racing. I am planning on using the half in September as a gauge and tune up race, so hopefully that goes well.

What are YOU doing this summer? Is it all planned out just like mine?

 

I’ve been thinking about my goals for this race before I even started training.

When I made the decision to not run the NYC Marathon, I was hanging out with Beth and I said, “well, I better freaking PR the shit out of the Rehoboth Half then”.

Well…that’s not going to happen and I am completely fine with it. My training didn’t go perfectly, but it went pretty damn well. I had a few setbacks due to my foot, but I also had some really strong runs along the way. Day 1 was spent running 1 mile, then I completed a 30 mile week 16 weeks later.

Honestly, it’s crazy to look back on my training and realize it’s all over. It’s been 18 weeks since I’ve been cleared to run. It feels like just yesterday I was wearing the boot of shame and sweating to death in 90 degree weather.

IMG_3199.jpgMe and Em from last year.

The races are reversed this year, half for me, full for her!

Anyway, the day is here and I’m so excited to spend the weekend with some of my absolute favorite people. Derek, Em, Nick, and I will be driving down Friday and we will be spending the weekend running and drinking a ton of Dogfish Head beer! I am also super psyched to see Elizabeth and Jess, and to also meet Katie!

Before I get into my goals, which I know is the point of this post, I have to say that I am completely unsure of what I am capable of right now. I definitely don’t feel confident that I will PR, but I’m not sure what will be pushing it, I just feel like I’m going into this race blind.

Goals:

A: Sub 1:55 (8:45 avg.)

B: Sub 2 (9:09 avg.)

C: Have a strong race and then drink lots of beer!

A+ Goals:

I think I care more about Em and Derek’s races than mine. Em is running her first marathon and she is so ready. I just want her to have a great race! Derek has had a really rough training cycle. His knee was bothering him, now it’s feeling much better, but now his foot hurts. He’s most likely running on Saturday, and I just want him to have a successful race.

I will be extremely happy with my A or B goals. Either one will be a great jumping off point for my goal Spring Half. This training cycle has gotten me back in shape and it has built up my base, so either way this race will be a good way to see where I am at.

It’s hard to tell if I am being too ambitious or not ambitious enough! How do you figure out your goals? Is it based on your training and do they change from the beginning to the end of your training?

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I’m not a marathon pro, but I’ve run a few of them and I have done my fair share of things wrong. You learn from your mistakes, right?

It’s prime marathon season right now and I figured I would offer up a few tips on how to recover from a marathon. Some do it right, and some do it wrong and I am pretty sure the biggest reason why I got my stress fracture was because I didn’t properly recover from the Vermont Marathon.

After Vermont, I took 1 whole week off of all exercise, but after that I jumped back into running, and while it wasn’t a whole lot of miles, I also added in a lot of strength training and it obviously didn’t work out for me.

Here’s my list of dos and don’ts when it comes to recovering from a long distance event.

DON’T:

  • Run
  • Lift weights
  • Do squats and lunges
  • Race
  • Think you’re exempt from traditional recovery
  • and certainly…don’t run doubles!

DO:

  • Sleep
  • Stretch
  • Drink beer
  • Rehydrate (with Nuun!)
  • Get some extra Vitamin C
  • Catch up on your social life
  • and of course, celebrate!

Personally, I recommend at least 1 week of no running after a marathon, but 2 would be even better. In your second week, I would recommend cross training and doing anything without impact, i.e. the bike or elliptical. Stay away from weights and leg exercises.

An easy run will be tempting and will most likely feel pretty good, but marathons trash your quads and extra stress is put on your bones that your body is not used to. You might feel good, but your muscles and bones are still repairing themselves, I promise you that.

Every person is different and unless you’re super woman, like Laura who eats marathons for breakfast, I recommend chilling out after a long distance event.

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From RunnersConnect.com

Why runners are prone to stress fractures

Bone, like most tissue in the body, can adapt and become stronger when it’s subjected to a stress. However, unlike muscles and tendons, which can adapt and strengthen in a period of days or weeks, it takes many months for bone to become stronger after it’s been put under an increased level of stress.

In fact, there’s even a window of about a month where bone becomes weaker after an increase in training stress because of the way the body remodels bone. Your body first tears out some walls in the bone structure before it can put in new ones, much like remodeling your house.

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The stress mentioned above is the marathon you just ran. Remember to be smart, be patient, and rest. My motto is always; “Do you want to run right now or for the rest of your life?” Rushing recovery won’t do anything but prolong it.

 

Disclaimer: This is all just my opinion. Nothing is scientifically proven and you can tell me how wrong I am if you want. These are the steps I will follow after my next marathon. Take it or leave it.

PS. I created a Facebook page for my blog, which feels kind of weird, but I would appreciate some likes! :)