As I’m sure many first time marathoners do, I had visions of grandeur of taking a few weeks off, then easily starting to run just as you had before your race.
And then life happens. In this instance particular, it was cold. Polar vortex cold. Snowy (Philly is having a top 3 snowiest winter ever). And generally, not at all good for motivating running.
On top of that, work has been extremely crazy and stressful to a point that I was getting migraines daily. It was terrible. I could barely make it through a work day without needing to curl up and sleep.
My Pittsburgh Half Marathon training got pushed back by a few weeks, although I kept up my Unite Fitness classes several times a week. This week, however, I kicked training back into gear.
Due to several days of unforeseen work circumstances, I missed my tempo run mid-week, but did my 2 mile easy run faster than I was supposed to, so I kind of did both.(?)
I was determined to get my first long run in on Sunday, so I prepped on Saturday night with a great dinner.
Baked sweet potato, roasted veggies, spinach, and scrambled egg whites with Shredded Coconut Orange Chicken
Then foam rolled (which reminded me how I really need to do this more often), wore a pair of my trusty Pro Compression, and lounged in my new Yin Year Lululemon sweatpants (which are possibly the most comfortable things I’ve ever owned).
My 8 mile run was everything I needed it to be. It was sunny and warm-ish. My legs, although tired and tight, did what they were supposed to do, and while I was pushing, I didn’t feel tired while I was running.
Going into this training cycle I decided I was going to really change up my intervals, doing a 9:1 run/walk instead of the 4:1 or 3:1 I did throughout 2013. My legs are tired and sore, which is probably a function partly of that change, but since I’m aiming to have a big PR this spring, I know I have to change up my routine.
I’m extremely happy with how my training went this week, even if it wasn’t perfect. Now, to determine if my faster times are repeatable, and if that means I should make my program more aggressive.
Oh, and today is my one year blogaversary. I had every intention of making a big deal out of it, and then everyone else has done that recently, and I lost interest. Don’t worry, something fun will be coming shortly!
What have you changed in your training recently?
What’s your favorite comfy outfit?
How did you first find my blog? And how long have you been reading it?