Looking Back and Looking Forward

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Back on my home turf for the Sunday long run

I have to recommend a podcast I discovered recently called I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein, specifically an episode from last December where she interviewed Desi Linden. It’s an amazing trip to hear Desi talk about her running career so far, her thoughts about training, and her feelings about the upcoming Boston Marathon which she went on to win. Very cool!

Ok, but now about me.

This is definitely still a recovery week for me so I’ve had time to reflect on my last training cycle – what went great and what I want to do differently next time. I followed the Pfitzinger 18/55 plan from the book Advanced Marathoning, which calls for 18 weeks of workouts with a few weeks at 55 miles.

What I feel good about:

  • I crushed the mileage: My total mileage for this training cycle was 783.5. I completed almost all the workouts, only missing a few due to what we think was ecoli in February.
  • I became an early morning treadmill warrior. The most challenging runs were the 12+ mile early morning treadmill runs mid-week. I got myself to bed early and up early and I got them done.
  • Race pace practice: The most rewarding were probably the long runs with race pace miles in the middle. I hadn’t really practiced race pace before during long runs and I really think this helped.
  • My favorite run: definitely the 20-miler with my sister in St. George where another sister met us for the last 4 miles.

What I’ll do differently next time:

  • Definitely nutrition. I pretty much gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted for the last year and often that was donuts or jelly beans. I stepped on the scale last week for the first time in probably a year and it was 7-8 pounds over what I feel good at. Some of it might be muscle, but I know that not all of it is because I feel fluffier than normal.
  • Strength training. I went to yoga about half of the weeks on this program and I do think it makes a difference. But I did nothing else. My back started hurting during the last 10 miles of the marathon and I think core work especially could help me out.

So with that in mind as my mileage is lower over the next few months, I’m going to try to form better habits and routines around nutrition and strength training.

For nutrition, I’m using the principles in Matt Fitzgerald’s book Racing Weight. I really like the philosophy of the book because it focuses on adding a variety of high quality foods to your diet instead of on taking things away. One week down and I’m sort of down .8 pounds. I say ‘sort of’ because I don’t believe things on the scale until I see a trend.

For weights, I tried out a new class at the gym that I’m hoping to put in my regular weekly rotation. This week I’m still in recovery mode so I’m easing in to this goal.

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Fish en Papillote adapted from ‘Eat Fast, Run Slow’: aka the best cookbook.

Total Miles this week: 24

Monday – 3 Miles

This was my first run post-marathon. I was happy to be running, but it was definitely a struggle.

Tuesday – 5 miles

Still taking it easy, but it felt a little better than Monday.

Wednesday – Yoga

Not sure what happened, but today I felt energetic. Whereas last Friday’s yoga session was all about the super-modified version, today I went for it more aggressively.

Thursday – 6 miles total w/ 3x.65 miles at 7:30 and .35 recovery in between

Trying out some speedwork. This was tough but it felt great to feel my heart pumping like that again.

Friday – Body Pump

As part of my grand plan to add some strength training, I decided to try out a new class at my gym. This is basically a guided barbell workout with high repetitions of squats, lunges, pushups, clean and jerk, curls, etc.

I am definitely going back. The class is only 45 minutes long and I didn’t  really sweat that much but my booty is still kicked today (Sunday). I clearly needed this in my life. I’m having trouble walking.

Saturday – Rest day

Sunday – 10 miles

It took me nearly 5 miles to feel warmed up this morning, but by that time I was ready to rock and roll. My legs were sore, but running on them felt more like stretching them out in a good way. The weather was overcast and high-40s. Perfect for running. My first miles were in the 9:4x range and I finished up with an 8:08.

Linking up with HoHo and Wendy this week for the Weekly Wrap.

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9 thoughts on “Looking Back and Looking Forward

  1. I just heard that podcast for the first time this week and so far I really like it! I used to take Body Pump all the time- its a great workout! I remember I stopped going for a month or so before a marathon, and then after the marathon I went back and I was SO sore- like more sore than from the actual marathon. It hurt to walk for days.

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  2. Nice work easing back in post-marathon! I’ve never tried Body Pump but I know so many people swear by it. I’ve read Racing Weight but haven’t thought about it in a while – you’ve inspired me to do a refresher read. I’m still feeling a little fluffiness above where I feel my best.

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  3. I always like re-evaluating my fitness after completing a goal race. I think strength training will really be a benefit to you! My running improved dramatically after incorporating strength training. I credit it with keeping me on the road, even with all the health issues I’ve had the past year or so.

    Thanks for linking up and have a great week!

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  4. Thanks for the new podcast recommendation. I will definitely need to check it out.
    I agree that it’s always good to reflect on a training cycle once the race is over. It’s the best way to see what worked and didn’t work. I find that I learn something new with every training cycle!

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  5. I’ve got two long runs before my next marathon so I appreciate the podcast recommendation. I like that you reviewed what work and what didn’t during your training cycle. I’m trying something a little different this time and I’m anxious to see how it plays out. I definitely need to be more consistent with good nutrition and also upping my strength training game! Thanks for linking with us!

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