- Total run miles for October: 136
- Miles run, year to date: 1,822.3
- Number of races in October: 2
- Longest run in October: 26.2 (Hartford Marathon)
I wrapped up September with 272 miles and while I knew October would feature less volume from the taper/recover/taper cycle I planned for, I didn’t expect to run almost half the miles I ran in September. Ugh. I made a dumb ass move and signed up for the Runner’s World Half Marathon, and pretty much blew the rest of my season. I’m still a little cranky about it, but I’ve gotten a little perspective over the past week.
The month went really well until running the half on October 18th. So many great events happened in October, and in this last training block overall. I ran a LOT this season. I trained for Hartford from start to finish and didn’t get injured for that race. I finally busted out several awesome half marathons and shorter distance races. Though I didn’t run a marathon PR, I did run my fastest marathon this year, finishing Hartford in 3:12. I also ran a 1:30 half a week after said marathon and while it jacked up my calf, I ran a 1:30 half on a super hilly course a week after a speedy marathon! I only recently broke that 1:30 mark so that was a huge deal for me. While the end of October brought me some heartache, I really can’t cry
too much about it.
On one hand, my past few weeks of minimal mileage could be viewed as a giant taper. I wish I could have run a few more miles, or had the motivation to do some more cross training. I just didn’t have it in me. I’m so sick of the injury cycle of training, getting injured, and frantically trying to figure out how to mimic my run workouts on a bike or in the pool. It’s exhausting, and I spent my whole spring doing exactly that. I made it through a fall marathon. Enough is enough already. I’m ready to move on, heal and start fresh.
I’m disappointed because I was really excited for Indy and I thought I had a good shot at a PR if I executed a perfect race day pacing strategy. I had a plan all ready to go. I’m going into the race with an open mind, but based on how my calf felt pacing the 1:45 half last weekend, I don’t know how much faster I can (or should) run for the full 26.2. It’s out of my hands now.
That brings me to another topic. I’m starting to wonder what I want to focus on moving forward. Quality over quantity? In the past, I’ve done multiple marathons per season. In spring of 2013 and spring of 2014, I did five marathons in each season. I was never the fastest, so I would just knock off the states. As my speed began to become a factor, I continued to do multiple marathons each season. I’m beginning to see the negative impact that has on my body. I’m still planning to do a few marathons in the spring, but if I want to get faster, I might only be able to focus on one marathon (like normal people do)…or (gasp) no marathons. Perhaps a season of short distance racing to build top end speed is in order. Lots of exciting options to consider.
As for the 50 states, well, I have to slow down at this point anyway. I’m well over halfway, but I need to fly to almost every marathon I have left. I certainly don’t have a money tree growing in my backyard, so it won’t be quite as easy to run five different states in one season at this point.
Entering November, I am excited for two things: My final marathon of the season and a nice long recovery. I’m certain that after this marathon I’m going to need at least a solid two weeks off of running. Maybe more. I’m mentally preparing myself for this and I am going to return to running SUPER easy. I really wanted to hit 2,000 miles this year. The reality is, I might not. My original goal was actually higher than that, but this has been a rough year. Six months of battling my Achilles, a solid block of training, and now my calf. My body has never been in need of a legitimate recovery period so badly. So if it means I don’t crest the 2,000 mile mark but I end 2015 feeling refreshed and healthy, well, I’m okay with that.
My goals for November are not running related. I’ve been in quite a slump with my diet and cross training (besides pole classes, ha!) and need to turn things around. I’m going to give myself the week after the marathon to eat what I want, and only work out when I want to. But the following week, I’ll return to some sort of structure. Here’s what I want to focus on for November and a good portion of December:
- Diet: get back to my Paleo-ish ways and incorporate more fruits and veggies since for some strange reason I forgot that those are important.
- Stretching: Yoga, at least twice per week
- Strength Training: Continue with pole classes, but return to the gym to restart PT exercises
- Core: Every damn day. I always do core everyday, but the past few weeks I’ve slacked.
- Cross Training: After my week of doing whatever I want, I want to be swimming, biking, aqua jogging, etc everyday while I’m not running. As I reintroduce running, I want to keep swimming through the winter months.
By taking the focus off of running and on recovery, I’m hoping I will be feeling refreshed and ready to go for Boston training!
How was your month? Is there a time of year that you dedicate to recovery?