I’m working on a post detailing my thoughts about Hansons Marathon Method but I’m waiting to see how post-marathon recovery goes before I publish it. In the meantime, let’s catch up!
- I took almost an entire week off from all physical activity after the marathon and channeled my running efforts into sleeping- seriously. The only morning that I actually woke up to my alarm (and not Ian’s) was Saturday and that’s because I have to be at lab on time or I fail the class (womp womp). I’m always nervous that I’ll go stir crazy not running but I really needed the week off. My hamstring was acting up and I just crashed after the marathon. I’m not sure if the crash was due to running a strong race or running & training for 3 marathons in the last year (I actually ran 3 in 9 months) but either way, I needed a short break.
- The past week was also the perfect time to get caught up on school work. This fall has been busy for me and I haven’t been able to devote the attention I need to studying, but without the added stress of running a race, I’ve been able to dive into homework/studying with full force (and with my study buddy, obviously).
- One of my goals for training over the summer was to streamline my life so I could sleep for the maximum amount of time. As a result, I barely cooked, baked, or did any food prep (besides packing breakfast and lunch). With not working out much, my study breaks have consisted of lots of baking and cooking, I’ve even made breakfast at my apartment a few times (as opposed to oatmeal packets, granola bars, overnight oats, etc.). I’m also out of the apartment from 7:45 AM – 10/11 PM two nights during the week so I’ve come to appreciate eating home cooked meals when I can.
- Over the weekend, Ian and I finally took care of a few things we’ve been putting off for the last month. This included unloading all of the holiday decorations from his car from when we went home in early October. Nothing like a little holiday confusion. The question is, now that the decorations are in the apartment, will we actually hang them up? My bets are on no….
- On Sunday, I decided to give running a try… and it went okay. I headed out for 30 minutes without my Garmin and just ran slowly by feel. My hamstring felt tweaked but the rest of my body felt recovered. My goal for this week is just to get back into a workout routine so gentle cardio is my BFF. I don’t have any races on my calendar right now so there’s no reason to rush back and risk injury. Running makes me happy, even if I can only run a few miles, and injuries make me sad. It’s basic science.
- I got into the pool on Monday for the first time since May and it was very apparent that I am out of swimming shape. I felt sooo slow but I enjoyed the variety so I’m hoping to keep it up for at least the next month (until my pass expires). I’d like to focus more on strength training this winter (don’t I always say this? at least I’m not promising yoga…) so I doubt I’ll be swimming much then but who knows.
How do you recover after a big race/event? What’s your favorite way to strength train?