I hope you've been enjoying the Fall Racing Season so far. I love this time of year for running and because on Saturdays and Sundays you can feed your running hunger even more on social media from friend's races with their photos and recaps! Fall Running = Awesome Running. :)
I've been hitting up the recovery train pretty hard. Marathon Recovery is serious business!
Marathons are so exhilarating! Each time I run twenty six point two miles I can't wait to share my experience with my students...even if they glaze over after telling them I did NOT win, as they ALWAYS ask, lol.
|They are very eager to try on my medals though. :)|
Another thing I LOVE is recapping the marathon experience with other marathoning friends! Christy, Stacey and I enjoyed race chat along a great 10k recovery run about Berlin, Twin Cities and Chicago!
And Marg, Rachael, Stacey and I had a much needed Marathon celebration to hear about everyone's races!!
Supportive friends are a must in training and even though you run your own race, it is amazing to share everyone's happiness when they've reached their goals! <3
During recovery it's also important to make sure your body is healing well from the race. I paid a visit to Jeff at Nova Physiotherapy to make sure I wasn't completely falling apart. He informed me once again that my IT bands were crunchy, and they shouldn't be. I've been spending some time doing my maintenance work and being careful not to overdo it.
While I'm not heavy training I enjoy being flexible and running easy runs. I did do a mini speed work last week on Coach Lee's suggestion. It felt really good to run fast for short bursts of time. Nothing too crazy but just enough to get the cob webs out.
My next "workout" was at Chase The Pace 5k" yesterday at the SMU track. Uh oh, lol. I felt intimidated because my legs are far from fresh. Lee advised me to use it as a workout so the pressure came off and I ran by feel. The event was awesome! A lot of runners came out on the cool crisp fall day and there were four heats. Each heat had pacers to help runners reach their time goals.
I thought I could safely sit between 21 and 22 minutes without killing my legs, so that's what I did.
My legs felt good and the pace felt comfortable. My belly was burning a bit though so I wasn't too confident with a fast time. It was just so nice to be out running with an amazing group of athletes and friends!
Unfortunately an upset belly had me fighting off puke during the last lap. I tried hard to hold it together until the finish but my body needed it out immediately. As Anni ran by me I was dry heaving and then boom, onto the grass vomiting with less than 1/2 a lap to go. Lee got to see it happen...sorry! I cleaned my mouth off and sprinted to the finish. My body felt great once it came out!
I guess technically I got a PB of another kind: Puke Breath.
22:12 and I can't complain about that after poor pre-run nutrition. Congratulations to all the runners who scored impressive times yesterday!!! And to everyone who ran the 5k on a TRACK, which is super hard!!!! 12.5 laps!
A huge thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the Halifax Road Hammers as well as Lululemon, Brooks Running CA, Aerobics First and Run Nova Scotia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Check out the abrupt stop during the last km above! Guess what was happening there? lol.
Recovery is going slow and steady but I'm just happy to be healthy and doing what I love!
What are some of your recovery tips?
Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by GGR!
Happy Running,Heather :)