Well, the name of the the game has changed but the game is still the same: yes, I just ran Hartford but that was not my final goal race for the season. Hartford, while I wanted to bust out a good time, was always meant to be more of a barometer. I learned a lot that day. I learned that I’m not in 3:02 shape. I also learned what pace not to go out when I show up at Indianapolis in a few weeks. I took the first few days post marathon easy and rested a lot. That’s what my body wanted. While running felt good and I only took two rest days from running, my calves felt a little sore once I got back to it. It’s all part of the recovery process.
I still have several weeks and several races before I finish out my season with Indianapolis. My training is now in the hands of Mr. Pete Pfitzinger (really, who I used for most of my training) and I’m following his “4 Week Multi-Marathoning Plan”. Well, sort of following. I kind of signed up for the Runner’s World Half Marathon, and it was a week after the marathon. Pretty sure Pfitzy wouldn’t approve of that…but it’s in my hometown. It wasn’t sold out. My friends were doing it. Hollie was doing it. I had 10-12 miles on the schedule for that day anyway. I needed to do it! It might have been a bad move because I’m now experiencing some pain in my left calf that I’m not happy about, but I’ll get to that.
Monday, 10/5 – Rest
Zero workouts were planned, zero workouts occurred. I did, however, set a new PR. I think I PR’d in the Netflix Marathon.
Tuesday, 10/6 – 5 Mile Recovery Run + 5 Minute Plank
I left work just not feeling it, but I’m so glad I did it! My legs had a hint of fatigue at the start of the run, but once I got moving I felt awesome. I went a little too fast for a recovery run – I actually was texting and running in the last mile to slow down. I just felt really great. Overall pace, 8:16. A little faster than my recovery zone, but it was like my legs needed to prove something. It was a bit humid out, but the temperature was pleasant. I was running in Lehigh Parkway, which is a great loop in Allentown. I couldn’t help it: I saw a pole, and I hadn’t been at pole class since before the marathon and had to bust out some moves!
Wednesday, 10/6 – Pole Fitness
Headed to pole class, even though I felt like sleeping but it ended up being really fun! It’s always really fun, I just didn’t think I’d have the energy to do much. Maybe taking a break from pole for a few days was a good thing, because I learned a few new tricks and played around with a few things that had been giving me trouble previously. I don’t know the name of the pose and it isn’t the most flattering, but I learned a new back-bendy one:
Thursday, 10/7 – Recovery 6 Mile
Another gorgeous day at Lehigh Parkway, and I felt great! I went way fast in my first half of this run because I was chasing the boys cross country team from a local catholic school. Thankfully, they turned off the trail a little before the third mile and I continued on alone. I slowed down, and ended up averaging 8:11 overall. Not really recovery paced, but I felt good and it was really nice out.
Friday, 10/8– 4 Mile Recovery Run + PM Pole Fitness
I’ve been having this problem where I can’t drag my ass out of bed in the morning lately. Since I only wanted to do 3-4 miles, I was able to sneak it in over my lunch! I never get to do that, but it was a really nice afternoon. I felt like crap running, but it was so nice out that I didn’t care:
After work, I headed to the pole studio and had a great class. I went with my sister in law. We worked on some combinations and new moves we learned on Wednesday night. I finally got this move called a Marley. It’s not hard and I even did it on spin pole (we learn the moves on static pole, and then once we master them we do them on spin pole because it looks prettier), but the last two times I’ve attempted it I had trouble. It always seemed really painful and hard to hold, but somehow it felt fine today. It’s really like a basic leg hang, but you bring your body off to the side of the pole and just hang from the back of your knee. It looks so pretty in combinations and there are lots of great moves you can do from this pose.
Saturday, 10/9 – 4.6 Mile Shakeout Run
I hate not running an even 4 or 5 miles – it drives me insane. But, Cassie and I went to the expo to pick up our bibs and cheer on the runners at the 5 and 10K, so we parked on the north side of Bethlehem and ran there. We ran to different locations on the course and cheered, visited the expo and ran to points on the 10K course to cheer again. We’d been on our feet for awhile so when we ended at our cars at 4.6, I stopped. Overall pace for the shakeout was 7:33, and that was too fast for a shakeout but were trying to get to different points on the course and see our friends so we got a little excited. We had a blast that morning cheering everyone on and hanging out at the expo.
I finally got to meet Hollie, who had an INCREDIBLE weekend of races – you should definitely head on over to her site and read all about how she crushed it this weekend!
Sunday, 10/10 – Runner’s World Half Marathon
Check back tomorrow for a race recap!
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 32.8 miles
So I mentioned my calf, and I’ll really get into it when I write my race recap. In the days after Hartford when I was running, my legs felt fine. My only complaint was my calves got sore and felt really tight, but nothing I haven’t experience before. Not something I’d even think twice about normally – when you run lots of miles, something is always sore and tired. I put in much higher mileage weeks in the past, so I didn’t think it was an issue. They calmed down a bit by Saturday, and I didn’t think it was a big deal.
On race morning, everything felt okay – just a little soreness in the left one but nothing to be concerned with (or so I thought). Now, the left one is really mad at me. Now, I’m concerned. With Indy just a few short weeks away, I need to keep a close eye on this and focus on staying positive, rehabbing it, and getting in easy mileage. I have 20 days until race day, so there isn’t too much more I can do to prepare but there is a lot that I can do to screw this up. While I’d like to get to the track once and possibly run a 5K before the race, my focus is now on making sure I am completely recovered.
How was your week? Ever run two races in one week?